One of my favorite desserts is a simple pleasure: plain vanilla cupcakes. In search of the perfect little cupcake – moist, slightly dense but still fluffy, slightly sweet, rich vanilla flavour – I have tried countless white cake recipes. After combining the best of the best and tweaking it to my liking, I’ve perfected my very own recipe. I’ve aptly named it the “Best White Cake Ever.” Tastebuds everywhere tend to agree.

This cake comes out light and fluffy, but it is packed with buttery flavour. And, it’s versatile – want almond cake? Add a couple of drops of extract, and voila! Matcha cake? Add a tablespoon of matcha to the dry ingredients. Fruity cake? Add whatever little fruits or  berries yor heart desires. The possibilities are endless – but at the end of the day, the savvy baker will remember that vanilla is the finest of the flavours.

The Best White Cake (or cupcakes) Ever.
an original recipe by Allison Sklar

what you’ll need
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup butter
• 2 eggs
• 2 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 cup milk