By unanimous decision, these are the VERY BEST cupcakes EVER. I found the recipe for both the cupcakes and icing at Recipe Girl, via Pinterest. They taste just like wedding cake, but are perfect for any occasion. The icing tints very well and makes a great presentation.
The cupcake recipe calls for a cake mix with some great stuff added to it. When I went to make the cupcakes the first time, I realized my sour cream had expired. So, I dug through the refrigerator and substituted vanilla yogurt for the sour cream. Perfect! This makes an even moister cupcake with a more enhanced vanilla flavor. (A co-worker made the same recipe, using sour cream and we decided we like the vanilla yogurt better). I also substituted half the vanilla extract with almond extract, just my family's taste preference.
I also added almond extract to the icing as well. I have made these for Bunco, baby showers, just because and last night for our annual Halloween Hayride Party. They are always a favorite and I rarely have any left. The cake recipe makes 36 cupcakes and while the icing recipe says it will frost 12 cupcakes, I double the recipes and have plenty of icing for all 36 cupcakes with about 1/2 a cup left over.
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