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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vanilla Cupcakes with Creamy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Honesty here...I've eaten 3 cupcakes this morning and I've let Bradley eat 3 cupcakes.  I haven't been baking much lately (trying to cut out our sugar intake) and let's just say that we made up for the last month of no cupcakes.  These are sinfully delicious and very hard to resist.  So the remainder of the cupcakes were taken to our church staff and my husband's co-workers.  I HAD to get them out of the house.
 
Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups whole milk
4 large egg whites
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
 
Directions
In a large bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.  In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and egg whites.  In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla.  Beat in half the milk-egg mixture and then beat in half of the dry ingredients until well mixed.  Add the rest of the milk and eggs, and then the remaining dry ingredients.  Make sure batter is well mixed.  Spoon into your cupcake pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
 
Creamy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
(this helps keep the bright white color)
1 box powdered sugar
1/4 cup - 1/3 cup heavy cream
(this will all depend on how thick you want your icing)


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