Which Is Paler – Me or The Alabaster Cupcakes?

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vanilla cupcakesI was flying solo last night since The Kid had a sleepover at a friend’s house. I decided that I’d surprise her by making another batch of cupcakes in the Quest Kitchen for when she got home. I sure love baking and I’m glad I’ve got The Kid to eat what I make.

I went with spiffed up vanilla cupcakes this time since the last ones were chocolate. I also have a better ability to resist vanilla cupcakes than I do the chocolate ones so I knew these would be safe to leave with me unattended. They turned out quite well albeit very pale.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When you bake vanilla cupcakes from scratch, they don’t turn out that lovely golden yellow like the ones from a box do. That’s mainly due to the artificial food coloring. Bleh! My little vanilla gems are free from that junk.

Adrianne’s Alabaster  Vanilla Cupcakes 

  • 1 cup milk, soy milk, or almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2  Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of mini or regular size chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and stick 12 cupcake liners in your cupcake pan. Mix the milk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside for about 5 minutes until the milk curdles. Again you could use buttermilk instead if you happen to have that around.

Measure and mix all the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips in a bowl and then stir in the milk. Beat well like you would any cupcake batter until mixed. I have to admit this was the smoothest batter I’ve seen. No lumps at all. It looked good enough to eat raw!

Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into each of the 12 cupcake holes in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes one dozen cupcakes. When I made ours, I used soy milk so they were vegan cupcakes as usual. I dusted them with powdered sugar on some and baking cocoa on others. Feel free to ice yours with yummy frosting.

On a side note: I realized after I had already started that The Kid had broken into the stash of chocolate chips and all that were left was a small palmful of the minis. I fully intended ours to be more chippy than they ended up so yours will turn out even better since yours won’t be half-chipped.

I must think of a better name for these guys. For now I’ve named them after my alabaster (AKA lily white) skin since I’m just about the same color as they turned out. It’s been too hot for laying by the pool this summer! If you have any better ideas, throw them my way.

Happy weekend!

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