Sometimes plain & simple is best - gorgeous vanilla cupcakes

Lately I have been craving the simplicity and elegance of a vanilla chocolate chips frosting...just a perfect bite of a moist, dense, flavorful vanilla cupcake. It had to be perfect. Perfect, because I was going to use some of Sophie's special vanilla extract to make them.

I have mentioned Sophie before and the bottle of vanilla extract that she gave me. Aside from the personal very touching story behind the gift, I haven't described to you how mesmerizingly aromatic this vanilla extract actually's insane! Sophie's dad, an absolutely sweet 84 year old man whom I had the pleasure of dancing with last month, brought this bottle back from his recent trip to Haiti. The vanilla extract is infused with all-time favorite spice. I can practically guarantee you that heaven smells like this little bottle of vanilla. So ....suffice it to say, the vanilla extract is extra special and I have to use it judiciously.

I have made hundreds and hundreds of cupcakes; the dozen I made this weekend are hands down the best I have ever made. They are dense and moist and rich and just heavenly...a definite must try.

Here it goes...


  • 1/2 a cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 2/3 of a cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda


  • Mix the butter and the sugar until well blended.
  • Add the vanilla and the eggs and blend until uniform.
  • Add the salt, baking soda and sour cream and continue blending.
  • Add the flour half a cup at a time blending well in between each scoop.
  • The batter won't be thick but it won't be runny either. It'll be just right.
  • Scoop into a paper lined cupcake (12) tray and cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.** I always set my timer for 2 to 3 minutes before the time is done to make sure they don't overcook and to gauge how much more time they need.


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