Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
A basic cupcake recipe that goes well with any frosting flavor.
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Butter and flour the wells of a mini cupcake pan. Set aside.
Preheat an oven to 350 F and position a rack in the bottom third of the oven.
Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla until combined.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix, using the flat beater attachment, on the lowest speed until the dry ingredients are moistened, 15 to 20 seconds. Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds.
Spoon the mixture into the mini cupcake pan, dividing it evenly among the 24 wells. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake still has a few small crumbs attached to it, 10 to 12 minutes.
Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing them and transferring to a cooling rack. Let the cupcakes cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour, before serving.
Makes 24 mini cupcakes.