Saturday, November 10, 2018

Reviewing National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Collage of cupcakes for Vanilla Cupcake Day

November 10th is known as National Vanilla Cupcake Day ~ an unofficial, but tasty, holiday.

Cupcakes, Fairy Cakes, Patty Cakes

row of vanilla cupcakes
Image Source: Pixabay

Cupcakes are single serving cakes which are thought to have gotten their name from being baked in cup-shaped molds.  In the United Kingdom they are known as fairy cakes and in Australia they are called patty cakes

Vanilla cupcakes are made by adding vanilla extract to the cake batter and sometimes to the icing.

Did You Know…

...that vanilla is the only fruit-bearing and edible orchid in the world?

Vanilla is  extracted from the seed pods of the Vanilla orchid. It is one of the most expensive spices in the world (second only to saffron).  

Plain Vanilla

Even though Vanilla is expensive, it is one of the most popular flavors in the world. Today, it is used in a wide variety of food items and even in products, such as perfumes, soaps, and candles.  Vanilla is considered to be one of the plainest flavors available; thus, the term plain vanilla has come to be used to describe things that are very basic and ordinary.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipes

*For a quick way to bake vanilla cupcakes, one can always use a store-bought mix.

**For those who enjoy creative baking from scratch, I found two fabulous vanilla cupcake recipes for you to try.

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate swirl frosting
The Most Amazing Vanilla Cupcakes
The first one is called The Most Amazing Vanilla Cupcakes recipe and is from Rachel Farnsworth of The Stay At Home Chef .

It is an easy to make one-bowl recipe. You'll never need another boxed mix again!

Rachel also includes some very helpful cupcake baking tips in her blog post for her Most Amazing Vanilla Cupcakes recipe.

Vanilla cupcakes on a plate
Vanilla Cupcakes from Live Well Bake Often
The second Vanilla Cupcake recipe is from Danielle of Live Well Bake Often

Danielle's secret ingredient to her delicious cupcakes is sour cream! 

*Check out both Rachel's and Danielle's recipes before you begin baking your own vanilla-cupcake-recipe. 

Vanilla versus Chocolate

If you prefer chocolate instead of vanilla, you only have to wait for 11 months to celebrate Chocolate Cupcake Day on October 18.

Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 10 

Baked vanilla cupcakes

Be sure and share your baked goodies with your family and friends. 

For more Cupcake Reviews & Recipes
Check out ReviewThisReviews: Cupcakes

Written by Wednesday Elf 11/10/2018

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  1. Ok so now you’ve got me hungry. Thanks for an interesting review

    1. One can always be hungry for cupcakes. Thanks for visiting, Mary Beth.

  2. Thank goodness I have already had my breakfast, otherwise I would be itching to make some of these and I don't think they fit in with my diet! But, I do have baking to do for an upcoming bazaar, so these would do nicely. Thanks Pat for providing a couple of new recipes.......

    1. Cupcakes are perfect for bazaars, Olivia. Glad to help you out with some recipe suggestions.

  3. oh yum! Cupcakes. Sour cream in cupcakes? That might be why I like some cupcakes so much better than others.

    1. Dawn Rae, I think sour cream would make a tasty addition to cupcakes. I was happy to find that recipe.

  4. Yes, yes, I am the chocoholic in our family, but everyone else would choose vanilla cupcakes first. I'll be sure to check out the recipes you have featured above. Cupcakes are the perfect treat and I know my family would be thrilled for me to make them soon. The ones shown with the chocolate icing grabbed my attention immediately! That would provide something for all of us. Although, my family might not appreciate that I would lick the icing off of their vanilla cupcakes.

    1. Yes, I remember you are a chocoholic, Mouse. Just remember that there is a Chocolate Cupcake Day (October). :)

  5. Very interesting, Pat. Without fail I always learn something new when I read your posts. I like to find recipes when I can rather than use box mixes and these sound good. I plan to print the recipes and add to my recipe box. Thanks!!

    1. You are welcome, Carol. Hope you enjoy your homemade cupcakes. I'm sure your hubby will. :)

  6. I absolutely love vanilla cakes and cupcakes, with vanilla icing and vanilla ice-cream. Funny thing is vanilla scented candles don't appeal to me. Go figure. I have some high quality vanilla extract here at home, my gawd the price has gone up for that!

    1. Vanilla is certainly one of the most expensive spices for sure, Barbara. I like the vanilla flavor too - especially vanilla milkshakes. Had one recently, in fact, while traveling on vacation.:)


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