Lately, I have decided to take a much more laid back approach to holidays, birthdays, celebrations, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in gift giving and spending a lot of money. I love giving gifts to others, but sometimes, I need to watch the budget. Sometimes it’s nice to make something for others, especially cupcakes! Something about cupcakes equals happiness. Maybe it’s the frosting or the sprinkles, but it’s hard to look at a cupcake and feel sadness or anger. When I see one, I immediately feel like my day is full of rainbows!
Sally’s Baking Addiction
I like a variety of cupcakes, but my daughter likes a basic vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. So recently, when I asked her to help me make some for my cousin’s birthday, she suggested that we make “vanilla vanilla cupcakes”. I know how to make cupcakes, but since these were going to be a gift, I wanted to make the best ones possible. I did some research and settled on these Simply Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes created by one of my favorite baking bloggers, Sally, of Sally’s Baking Addiction.
If you have never visited her site, you must check it out. She has a plethora of sweet treats to try. There is truly something for everyone. I knew that I wanted to make the Simply Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes because Sally calls on one perfect secret ingredient: vanilla beans. You may find that these are difficult to find in stores. I purchased my vanilla beans from Whole Foods. There is also a nice selection on Amazon, but I have not yet tried purchasing them online. I plan to order online soon because I will be making homemade vanilla extract.
Making the Simply Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes with homemade frosting is much easier than you may expect. I would suggest that you make the frosting ahead of time so that you have it when you need it. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. When making the cupcakes, follow the directions exactly as they are written. Once cooled and frosted, get creative! Decorate them with fun sprinkles, your favorite candy, or fresh fruit! They are quite versatile and I would love to hear your thoughts! As always, sound off in the comments!