Small and delicious, cupcakes are a favorite treat of many children and adults. In fact, trendy shops devoted just to making cupcakes are opening up in major cities across the U.S. While baking cupcakes from a packaged mix is very simple, it also limits your choices in regards to flavors and styles. Add a personal, homemade touch to your next batch of cupcakes by baking them from scratch.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Add 2 cups of sifted cake and pastry flour, 2 tsp. of baking powder, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk the ingredients together.
Use an electric mixer, set on a low setting, to mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/2 cup of milk and 1 tsp. of vanilla into the dry ingredients. Beat this mixture on high speed for approximately two minutes.
Grease a muffin pan, or line it with paper muffin liners. Spoon the cupcake batter into the muffin cups until each one is three-quarters full.
Bake the cupcakes in the center of your preheated oven for approximately 18 minutes. Insert a cake tester into the center of one of the cupcakes - if the cake tester comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.
Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.