I'm looking for a really moist Vanilla cupcake, I've tried a few different recipes and the cupcakes come out either spongy or dry. Any help is greatly appreciated!
try sylvia weinstock's yellow cake recipe -- she has two you want the one with the sour cream i'll post a link -- then add an extra quarter cup of flour and then i just add the eggs whole -- the recipe suggests to separate and whip the yolks & whites but i just add them one at a time into the well creamed sugar and butter -- be sure you stretch the eggs out well and make a nice smooth emulsion -- you can eliminate 2 or 3 of the yolks for a whiter result --
i don't use the highest speeds on my mixers for cake batter but use about 5 on a stand mixer -- then after the last flour is added i beat it (on speed 5) for two minutes and it's ready -- watch it carefully in the oven -- avoid over baking --
if you have a stand mixer use cold butter -- cut it into small pieces and beat it nicely with the sugar -- add the eggs as I stated above -- put in your vanilla -- divide powdered ingredients into thirds -- put one portion into creamed mixture combine on low -- put in half the sour cream combine -- add another portion of dry, sour cream, dry -- combining well after each addition -- scrape down the bowl -- beat on speed 4 or 5 for two minutes -- bam
and use the real cake flour and real butter -- you got this -- can't miss -- it will not get real brown on top-- just springs back -- test one in your oven first and time how long to bake -- don't over bake and these will be fantastic -- but don't refrigerate the baked cakes --
best to you
@Quan86 while you are searching and testing your recipes, remember that you can always add a simple syrup to any cake and add a touch more moisture. I keep a bottle of it in the fridge so it's handy for quick breads, cupcakes & regular cakes. Good luck
MBalaska and -K8memphis thank you both for your input!! K8memphis Could you post the link for the sour cream one!! MBalaska simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water right? Can you flavor it?
the link is at the bottom of my post ^^^ in blue lettering right under 'best to you'
@cookies from home thank I'll give it a try!
under the heading 'really moist' if you substitute equal amounts of applesauce for butter --say 2 tablespoons it would amp up the moisture -- but while baking you want to watch them like a hawk and pull them as soon as they are done and remove from the pan so the residual heat doesn't keep cooking them --
also the ingredients are not suggestions -- you need to follow the recipe carefully