Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easy Mix Yellow Cupcakes

Easy Mix Yellow Cupcakes - made April 13, 2010 from Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans

Another coping attempt as I baked these cupcakes after my uncle died and a couple of days before his funeral. Anything to keep busy. This was an easy recipe which I needed since I had a tendency to become too distracted and not bake well because I kept forgetting key ingredients. These are nearly foolproof and are a nice standard vanilla cupcake. Watch the baking time. I hovered by the oven and pulled these out at that sweet spot where a toothpick inserted one minute comes out with almost raw batter but another toothpick the next minute comes out nearly clean but with a few moist crumbs. That’s when you know it’s done. I didn’t bother to frost these because I just didn’t feel like it and it was late at night and I was tired. Fortunately, they tasted pretty good on their own and didn’t need to be accessorized with frosting. That’s when you know you have a good recipe.

1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup sugar
½ cup canola or corn oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the egg and yolk and sugar until thickened and lightened to a cream color, about 2 minutes.
3. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended. Mix in the sour cream until no white streaks remain. Mix in the flour mixture until it is incorporated and the batter is smooth. The batter is ready to bake, or for additions such as nuts, fruit or other flavorings.

Yield: 12 cupcakes

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