1/2 cup of softened butter or margarine--butter for more melt in your mouth cupcakes and margarine if you're on a budget, either will do
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups SIFTED--very important! no one likes lumpy cupcakes!--cake flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk--if you dont have either you can mix 1 tbsp. lemon juice with 1 cup whole milk minus 1 tbsp and let it sit for a little bit(Still only use a half cup though!)
1/2 tsp of salt--I know, doesn't sound important, but it really brings out the flavor!
1 and a little less than a 1/4 tsp of baking soda
vanilla extract--however much you want :)
1/2 cup hot water
beat sugar and butter together, add each remaining ingredient one at a time until all combined and beautifully smooth!
cook at 350 degrees about 15 minutes until a toothpick or knife or whatever you have handy--skewers in my case ;)--comes out clean
hope you enjoy!!!!
oh! I also got my french book today! Plan on cooking my way through a good portion of it. No it's not a Julia Child book, actually Alma Lach, but its so good and full of useful information!