The other day my daughters were invited to visit their grandparents by themselves. That meant that I and Dear Husband were at home alone, without any children. My first impulse was to do all the things that I think I want to do but can’t when they are home. Like make cupcakes and eat them all.
Alas, common sense took over and I realized it wouldn’t actually be a good thing for us to eat 12 cupcakes all by ourselves.
Fast forward to a recipe that makes exactly two perfectly moist, perfectly delicious, vanilla-ly cupcakes. And because I can’t let a cake go unadorned, I topped them with whipped cream, and a sprinkling of cinnamon, before slipping them into cute little cupcake wrappers I designed to look like vintage French newspaper.
Since the Fourth of July is just around the corner, I created a new paper design for you to print and use for a festive summer cupcake wrapper, though you are free to use it for anything else, too.
Two Cupcakes Recipe
- 1 egg white (do not be tempted to put the whole thing in. Just the white!)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (I used the real deal – salted butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (yes, a full teaspoon.)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You could heat up the big oven but I recommend using a toaster oven if you have one. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.
In a small bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until cake is set. Let them cool completely before frosting as desired.
You will need 2 sheets of paper. You can use newspaper, scrapbooking paper, or download and print my Fourth of July design so that each paper has a front and back. Cut an 8″ square out of each one. Put an empty drinking glass in the center of one square. The glass should be roughly the same size as a cupcake. Begin bending and folding the paper up to form a wrapper. If it wants to unfold you can use a little dot of glue in some places on the paper, or even double sticky tape, to make it maintain it’s shape. Don’t accidentally tape or glue the paper to the glass. Don’t ask me why I bring that up. Remove the glass and repeat for the second paper. Tenderly slip your delicious vanilla cupcakes into their paper wrappers and admire them for a moment before you eat them.