Billy's Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 17 mins

Courtesy of Billy Reech from Billy's Bakery, NYC. as seen on Several reviewers have mentioned that the recipes directions were different from the video. I originally copied it from Martha Stewart's web site and it appears that it is incorrect on her site. I checked out the video and have since corrected this recipe to the videos directions. Another error on Martha Stewarts web site was the amount of baking powder so I have also changed the amount from 2 to 1 tablespoon. The recipe, as posted on the site specifies that the recipe makes 30 cupcakes......Billy (in the video) stated that it makes 3 1/2-4 dozen. To view the video just go to and enter the name of the recipe in the search engine. Frost cupcakes using Billy's Vanilla Buttercream or Billy's Chocolate Buttercream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. In a large glass measuring cup add milk and vanilla.
  6. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop for even cupcakes, divide batter among liners, filling about two-thirds full.
  8. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  10. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake.
  11. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
Most Helpful

I printed out the recipe from Martha Stewart's Show, misplaced it, then found this recipe at Recipe Zaar. I made the cupcakes, batter went all over the oven. I found the original recipe nd it calls for 1 tablespoon of baking powder not 2 tablespoons as stated in this recipe.

pgrogan1958 September 09, 2007

It is an easy recipe to put together, no actual "creaming" is done which is a nice change. The batter had a great taste, sort of like sugar cookie dough. Yum! However I did have to make two batches to get it right. Filling the cups 2/3 full was too much, they overflowed. The next time I only filled them half way full and that was just right. The other problem I had was that they stuck to the paper liner and it was hard to get the paper off without destroying the cupcake. I sent the recipe to my grandmother (expert baker) to see if she has the same problem. I am waiting to hear. I loved the taste, but would not probably make it again unless I can solve the problem.

Ridgely July 01, 2006

Just made these today, and they are a disaster. Two Tablespoons of baking power cannot be correct. The cake is way too crumbly, and you can't even get it out of the cupcake papers. Also, 2/3 full is too much, half full works much better. The flavor is great, but somehow, somewhere the correct amount of baking power must be noted.

mlgk May 24, 2014