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Munchies: Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

When your sweet tooth coincides with the munchies, it can be hard to find something satisfying without having to leave the house. Never fear, with this small batch cupcake recipe, you can whip up just 5 vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Just enough for you and some friends, or just you. Whatever feels right. Sometimes you just a cupcake or two, or five but you don’t want a whole batch lingering around tempting you. Here you go.



1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup milk, preferably whole or 2% milk

Vanilla Frosting

3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons milk

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For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 5 muffin cups or place 5 liners in a muffin pan.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar for about 30 seconds. Add the vanilla extract and melted butter and whisk until well combined.

Add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined. Add the milk, and whisk until just combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and whisk until combined (being careful not to overmix).

Divide the batter evenly between 5 muffin cups (each cup will be between 2/3 and 3/4 full). Bake for 14-16 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

Beat powdered sugar and butter until smooth.

Add vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of milk. Beat on medium speed for several minutes, until light and fluffy.

If the frosting appears too thick, add an additional teaspoon of milk, if it appears too thin add a little more powdered sugar.

Frost the cupcakes using a butter knife. Top with sprinkles, if desired.

Recipe originally published January 22, 2018 on by Allison

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