Ingredients for Classic White Birthday Cupcakes from Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, makes eighteen 3-inch cupcakes:
-1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
-1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup whole milk
-1 tablespoon canola oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-4 large egg whites
Ingredients for Old-Fashioned Vanilla Frosting:
-1/4 cup vegetable shortening
-3 cups powdered sugar
-1/3 cup whole milk
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon salt
*If you want to make chocolate frosting, add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup melted semisweet chocolate.
Okay, lets make the cupcakes first. Preheat the oven 325 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in the muffin tins or grease and flour each tin. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
While you are letting your cupcakes cool completely, you can make the frosting. In a large bowl, cream the butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt and mix until smooth and creamy.
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