Billy's Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes

"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 Recipe#167663 or Recipe#167665."
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Ready In:
30 cupcakes




  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
  • Add eggs, one at a time.
  • In a large glass measuring cup add milk and vanilla.
  • 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.
  • Using an ice cream scoop for even cupcakes, divide batter among liners, filling about two-thirds full.
  • Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  • Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake.
  • Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

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  1. fredlelhashotdog
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!
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  2. pgrogan1958
    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.
  3. lisar
    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.
  4. mlgk4118
    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.
  5. katquilter
    This is a delicious recipe WHEN IT IS SHARED CORRECTLY! The recipe is wrong - the one from Billy's bakery is on Martha Stewart's web site as prepared by Billy so it's correct. Using 2 T. of baking powder will result in the disaster I had in my oven! I ruined special cupcakes papers for my sister's birthday by following a recipe that was printed wrong on this web site instead of Martha's - my bad! Science does matter people!



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