Small Batch Baking Cupcakes

Today I let Fuzz make cupcakes. She used a recipe from the book Small Batch Baking, and she made these cupcakes with very little supervision. I wasn’t expecting them to be nearly as good as they were — they weren’t too floury, they were light, and they had loads of vanilla flavor thanks to the paste. Fuzz must have the magic touch.


Vanilla Cupcakes – Makes 4
Adapted From Small Batch Baking

1/2 cup all purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Yolk of 1 egg, room temperature
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (we used Nielsen Massey vanilla paste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 4 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. Add melted butter to flour mixture and stir until pasty and moist. (We used a wooden spoon – no mixer)

In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and baking soda. Stir to mix. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla (or paste). Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and beat heartily for 1 minute or two. Again, we just did this with a wooden spoon – but we beat it a lot! A mixer on medium speed would have been better. Beat until light and fluffy.

Divide evenly among the 4 muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes.

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  1. says

    I especially love the small-gal hippie dress South Austin look that Emma has going. Are you sure you’re not raising her to save our Aquifer from AMD? 🙂

  2. says

    Sorry the fondant didn’t work out as planned. But I am glad you could end the day with some cupcakes. I believe that just about any ailment can be cured with a good cupcake. I hope Emma is feeling better.

  3. Anna says

    Longhorngal,it’s a small-gal Mexican dress. I’m raising her to be Mexican.Joe, I’m glad we both had good luck with those cupcakes and it wasn’t just some fluke. The two other cakes from the book were fine, but not something I’d choose over other recipes. These were.Punky, I saved the fondant so maybe I can doctor it and get it to work. It tasted pretty good, the texture was just off.

  4. sandra says

    they’re baking at the moment, but the batter was amazing! my mom always used mixes for cakes and cupcakes, and i always ate the batter, and this is 10 times better! and so convenient to only make 4

  5. Triana says

    Had issues tonight, of all things, trying to find a good cupcake in Austin at 9:30 pm. Sugar Mama’s and Pie Slice were both closed and Hey Cupcake only had carrot cake left. So I’m baking these at this very moment while putting this book on my Amazon wishlist so I’ll remember it tomorrow. Modified it some, because I’m a chocolate fiend, by tossing in some cocoa powder. They smell delicious and I really can’t wait for them to finish baking. So perfect to only have 4 so I don’t have 12 more staring at me tomorrow. Thank you!

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