I decided to combine my love for baking with this kind of one-time indulgence: I give you the single serving cupcake recipe!
One Delicious Vanilla Cupcake!
1 tbsp Earth Balance (or butter), softened
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
a dash of salt
-Combine the Earth Balance and sugar until well incorporated
-Add 2 tbsp of the almond milk (make sure the milk is at room temp or warmed up to prevent clumping and separation in the butter)
-Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to the butter mixture
-Add the remaining milk and vanilla and mix until incorporated
*Some toaster ovens work really well for baking small batches evenly and quickly without having to heat up the conventional oven and waste energy. I have tested this recipe in a few toaster ovens, and some work well while others don't- trial and error!
*I also hear that single serving dessert recipes can often be baked in the microwave, but I personally do not prefer the texture- it can sometimes come out rubbery.
-Bake at 350-375º F for 15-20 minutes
Single Serving Frosting
1/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp pure maple syrup
a few slivers of Earth Balance (or butter - room temp or softened works best)
a tiny splash of almond milk
a tiny splash of vanilla (optional)
-Combine the Earth Balance, maple syrup, and vanilla
-Add the powdered sugar and combine
-Add almond milk for desired consistency
*A few notes
This cupcake recipe makes one cupcake of the "jumbo" breed, or as I have recently learned, a "Texas muffin". I have been attempting to create a single cupcake recipe every here and there for a while now, and this recipe has produced the best result as well as one of the best vanilla cupcake recipes I've ever made in general! For being such a small recipe, the amount of ingredients create a perfect balance between vanilla flavor and texture- not too airy, not too dense, and perfectly moist! ...I really wish there were a better word than moist.
I also am planning/working on more single serving recipes because this one was so much fun, so look forward to them!
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