From someone who never even knew she was on the hunt for the best yellow cupcake recipe.
The “boring cupcakes” are often the hardest for me. What should be a simple flavor can sometimes be the most difficult to master. Maybe it’s because there’s nothing to divert the attention away from the basics—flour, sugar, dairy, eggs—so you really have to make those 4 ingredients be the best version of themselves. These four ingredients are pretty powerful on their own; think of all the foods/snacks/candies/dishes in the world that highlight just one of them. Getting them to be dynamic AND play well together isn’t as easy as one might think, which is why many people still reach for the Betty Crocker box instead of making yellow cupcakes from scratch. With so many variables influencing the outcome of 4 simple ingredients put together, I don’t blame the box-lovers. But I hope I can persuade you to try the best yellow cupcake recipe I know before you buy your next boxed mix.
Yellow cake lovers are a dedicated tribe.
You generally like your cake topped with chocolate frosting, and finished with some sprinkles. I guess it’s nostalgic in some ways, and I can appreciate that. But I think homemade yellow cupcakes are all about the texture, and this one is the happy medium of texture. It’s sturdy but not heavy, structured but not dense, and fluffy but not spongy. Basically, this is the holy grail. It can handle anything from a cloyingly-sweet chocolate frosting to a silky, understated whipped cream, resulting in what I think is the best yellow cupcake recipe you can get.
Maybe the best case for making this recipe is my own testimony. I don’t like yellow cake, and I never have. But I eat these and, dare I say, enjoy them! I know. I can barely contain my excitement either. Like we said before, the ingredients are simple, so the method is king. I recommend sticking closely to the instructions so that you get the desired outcome. Also, this chocolate frosting definitely makes this one the best yellow cupcake recipe ever. You’re welcome. 😉 Try them out and tell me your thoughts. If you’re a yellow cake person, tell me what it is that makes you swoon, and how these hold up to your ideal yellow cupcake recipe.