These Ultimate Yellow Cupcakes paired with an amazing Whipped Chocolate Buttercream are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite flavor of cake!
Yellow cupcakes should not be this hard!
This is what I have said to myself many times over the last 3 weeks. I have tested a LOT of cupcake recipes, and none of them seemed to be up to par. They were too much like cornbread, or had no flavor, or had a weird texture, or even just failed to ever rise!
And yes, even though I have made no less than 37,541 cupcakes in my life, there is nothing quite like the disappointment of opening the oven only to see a sunken mess within.
Thankfully I did land upon a recipe that was family approved, church lady approved, and best of all… approved by me! (arguably the toughest critic)
I have paired it with a luscious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream because that is what makes sense in this crazy world.
Tips & Tricks:
Do not skip in the sifting of the dry ingredients. Lumps are not your friend.
I know the almond extract is going to be concerning to some folks… but just try the recipe written as is before you decide to leave it out. If you are allergic to nuts you can use Imitation Almond Extract.
I tried my very hardest to find a recipe that does not use cake flour, but ultimately they just did not hold up as well to my strict criteria. If you cannot buy cake flour you can make it.
Room temperature ingredients are important here. To quickly get your sour cream and eggs to room temp you can place them in a bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes. (make sure the sour cream container is tightly sealed)
Once you have added your leavening ingredients and flour is when you want to pay attention to mixing. Not over-mixing this batter is important! If you don’t mind a little elbow grease, you can mix all of the dry ingredients by hand.
I am not kidding when I tell you that I have tested, re-tested, and then re-re-tested this recipe as well as many others.
(and this is just one weeks worth!)
What I like about the winning recipe shared above is the texture, the buttery flavor, and the beautiful little dome these cupcakes achieve.
If quality matters to you, then this is the time to take your baking seriously. To take the time to find quality ingredients and recipes that are destined to make you succeed. To be rewarded with a beautiful, perfect cupcake after taking the time to bake it with love.
After all, you can’t be sad when holding the perfect yellow cupcake!
BONUS!!! Because I adore you all so much I am going to give you my three TRIED&TESTED tips for perfect cupcakes:
- Room temperature ingredients.
- Oven Placement- try to make sure pans never touch each other or the sides of the oven
- Oven Temperature- try decreasing temperature by 25 degrees after you place cupcakes in oven.
By doing these things in conjunction with a reliable recipe, you are guaranteed cupcake success!