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We just need that very vanilla cupcake in our baking repertoire, don’t you agree?
I’m quite happy with these one-bowl mix easy vanilla bean cupcakes! The cupcakes paired very well with my favourite American buttercream too!
I usually use Swiss meringue buttercream because it is so silky smooth and fluffy. However when I am feeling lazy, I always fall back on this easy, creamy and yummy ABC recipe!
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What Is American Buttercream (ABC)?
American buttercream is made using butter, sugar, extracts and some milk or whipping cream.
Adding whipping cream will yield a richer and creamier buttercream. I find that adding milk is enough for me 🙂
Since American buttercream can also be quite sweet, I reduced the sugar slightly for the cupcake recipe. So when you eat the cupcake together with the sweet buttercream, it is quite well-balanced.
You’ll find that American buttercream is denser in texture, compared to Swiss meringue buttercream. I really enjoyed the contrast in the texture of the airy cupcakes vs the denser ABC!
>> MORE SWEET TREAT RECIPES:
- Blueberry Glaze Buttermilk Baked Donuts
- Vanilla Madeleines
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes
How Do These Cupcakes Taste Like?
The cupcake base is soft and moist – thanks to the yogurt. The texture is slightly heavier than chiffon, somewhat similar to a light muffin. The cupcake base uses a very easy mixing method, which you can make in a shorter time, compared to the basic creaming method.
The American buttercream is much sweeter than my favourite Swiss Meringue buttercream, so I reduced sugar in the cake itself, which would pair just nicely for a little sweet treat.
Can I Use Oil In This Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe?
You can do that, but I won’t recommend, as butter brings more flavor to these cupcakes. The cake might taste a little bland if you were to use just oil, without the butter.
Is the Buttercream Stable in Singapore’s Hot Weather?
I tested the stability of the buttercream by placing the cupcakes at our Singapore’s room temperature for 2 hours, and was purposely placed next to my fridge, which is a hotspot in my kitchen.
If you need to display the cupcakes in parties or potlucks, bake and frost the cupcakes the day before and place it in the refrigerator to set overnight. It held up quite well for me, but of course, you’d need to avoid direct sunlight.
How to Make These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes for Parties?
I love sprinkles on celebration cakes and cupcakes!
You can also bake and frost these cupcakes a day in advance before the party. Simply keep them in covered containers or boxes in the fridge after frosting. Before eating, place them in room temperature for about 20-30 mins.