Well - these vanilla cupcakes are good. But to be honest - Publix is so far better. Publix cupcakes are airy and so fresh and yummy - and the frosting - no comparison! But, since I leave 3 hours from the closest Publix - these will have to do.
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 T good vanilla extract
Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix dry and add alternating with buttermilk and flour mixture. Add in vanilla at end. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and cook for about 25 minutes at 350. Take out when toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. I was going to make a buttercream frosting - but opted for a container of Betty Crocker Buttercream instead. It was just easier for tonight. Then I'll decorate them for the 4th! God Bless America!