Here's a basic vanilla cupcake recipe that's quick and easy to make yet so elegant and pretty to serve.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Plain Jane Lets Loose Cupcakes

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line eighteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups.

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  • In large mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter, granulated sugar, and oil with electric mixer on medium speed to combine. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

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  • In separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

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  • Add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well. Add 1/4 cup sour cream; blend. Add the remaining dry ingredients; blend. Add remaining sour cream and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla; blend.

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  • Fill lined cups three-quarters full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.

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  • Cool cupcakes on wire rack in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

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  • Pour 1/4 cup chocolate liqueur in shallow bowl. Dip tops of cupcakes in the liqueur. Frost cupcakes with White Frosting using a pastry bag fitted with star tip, or use a spoon to dollop frosting. Top each cupcake with a raspberry or blackberry. Makes 18 cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (Plain Jane Lets Loose Cupcakes)

342 calories; 15 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 56 mg cholesterol; 153 mg sodium. 48 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 2 g protein; 389 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

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  • In large mixing bowl beat butter, liqueur, whipping cream, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in powdered sugar until combined.

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Reviews (1)

14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2015
3 stars, really good & tasty! I got 15 cupcakes that fell slightly in the centers, making them harder to dip in the Godiva liqueur---I suggest doubling the baking soda. I added more cream & gobs more liqueur & beat until light & fluffy---frosting was absolutely delicious then! I kept them overnight frosted, in an air tight container at room temp & the frosting looked "OK", so I'd either keep uncovered or wait to frost.