Vanilla Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Perfectly Perfect. 

Perfectly Perfect. 

I started to get jealous with all the pumpkin recipes I saw popping up online this weekend. But I'm trying to hold off another couple weeks until I dive right into pumpkin and overload you with addictive recipes. First I want to share a classic recipe that you just can't go wrong with. Plus, the baby wanted chocolate. 

The Vanilla Cupcake with Milk Chocolate Frosting. 

I love so many desserts, but this one might be my favorite. I have tried 7,432 different vanilla cupcake recipes. Too cornbread like, too doughy, not enough vanilla flavor. I've been frustrated over and over. But I finally found my perfect vanilla cupcake. Super light and fluffy. And nothing pairs better with a vanilla cupcake than chocolate frosting. And sprinkles. Okay, sprinkles are optional, but the chocolate frosting is not. Gotta have chocolate frosting. 

This recipe has legit vanilla bean in it. You don't have to use the actual vanilla bean in it because I am always astonished at how expensive the vanilla beans are.  (Hy-Vee keeps them behind the customer service desk rather than in the aisle. Not kidding. Apparently people are getting handsy with the vanilla beans). Regular vanilla will do just fine, but I get giddy over the black vanilla specks in the cupcake. 

Give this classic recipe a try and let me know if you just found your go-to cupcake recipe like I did. The major keys to this recipe are room temperature ingredients, cake flour and not over mixing. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! 

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