My little princess had a birthday recently. She was so excited for her big day that she literally counted down the days from the beginning of the month. Then just days before the big event, my son got a stomach bug and was very sick. The birthday party we had planned for all her cousins and family had to be postponed so no one else would get sick.
I thought she would cry about all her birthday plans getting cancelled, but she did not even bat an eye or fuss. I decided that these Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting would be a festive way to celebrate her low key birthday. That's all I had to do as far as cooking was concerned for her birthday. We offered to get take-out from a restaurant since we could not go out to celebrate with her sick brother.
When I asked her where she would like dinner from she quickly answered back...... Subway. I know! I even doubled check and said she could get food from a number of other places, but she wanted her favorite Subway sub and french fries from McDonald's to make her perfect birthday meal this year. So, this mother did not disappoint her... that's what she got.
These cupcakes were the perfect little treat after a very simple (and tasty) meal picked out by the birthday girl. It was a great birthday even with the change of plans... any day you get to celebrate with a cupcake is a good day.
- 2 unsalted sticks (1 cup) softened butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract (not imitation)
- 1 cup sour cream (full or low fat)
- 2 Tbs milk
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour or all purpose flour
- 1 Tbs baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- 3 cups confectioners sugar or powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (melted in microwave or double boiler)
- 1 1/2 unsalted sticks butter (softened)
- 1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- small pinch salt
- 1/4 cup milk
For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
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