Originally Posted by Bliss Pastry
Maybe they baked a tad too long? Maybe reduce your oven temp and try it again. I always slightly underbake anything I make. If you love the recipe but want to perk it up some you could make a mixture of butter, sugar,vanilla, baking soda and buttermilk, boil it for a couple of minute then brush it over the cupcakes. Tastier than simple syrup. I think vanilla cake is bland in any form but people seem to only want vanilla or chocolate cake where I live. If you like that sauce idea it's .... 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 Cup of butter, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 cup of buttermilk and a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla added at the end. That would be a small batch.... Double it if you need more. It should soak Ito your cake and add moisture plus yumminess.
That sounds very interesting...thank you so much for sharing this idea.