Recipe for vanilla cupcakes (makes 1 dozen)
1 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (make sure it's soft)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup low fat milk
In a large bowl, mix softened butter and sugar together. Add 2 eggs (one at a time). Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, along with the low fat milk. Avoid over mixing. Mix only to the point where the flour is just incorporated. Spoon cupcake batter into cupcake pan, lined with cupcake liners and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cupcake.
After the cupcakes have baked and are completely cooled, I topped them with my favorite cream cheese frosting and drizzled some low fat caramel sauce. =) it was quite a sweet treat.