Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes (Makes 4)
Adapted from Kitchen Secrets and Snippets
2 egg whites
4 Tbsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 4 liners.
2. In a bowl, add egg whites and sugar, whisking until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter, stirring until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 4 cupcake liners so they are about 3/4 full.
3. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely, then frost as desired.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tsp. milk
food coloring, optional
1. Beat the butter in a stand mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar in batches, 1/4 cup at a time until well combined. Add vanilla and milk, adding more milk if necessary. Add food coloring and beat at a low speed until fully incorporated.