Messes Are What Life Is All About

Someone needs to invent a car wash for apartments.
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Someone needs to invent a car wash for apartments.


 I'm a pretty messy person. If I bumped into a friend in my neighborhood, I couldn't spontaneously invite them up to my place because I need fair warning to clean up a bit (OK, a lot). Sometimes I'll just look at my living room and think, "Someone needs to invent a car wash for apartments."

My boss, Jane Pratt, is decidedly less messy -- or so I thought before I saw the incredibly cute video below. Jane and her daughter, Charlotte, are a rowdy frat guy short of a food fight while making some pretty awesome-looking cupcakes. 

Check-out the best vanilla cupcake and vanilla buttercream frosting recipe below, courtesy of Olivia’s sister.  What’s your favorite cupcake or frosting recipe?

Vanilla Cupcakes 

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

2 1/2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup whole fat plain Greek yogurt

3 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a hand held or standing mixer at high speed. Add eggs one at a time and wait until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in yogurt and vanilla. Scrape down the bowl as needed. 

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter and sugar mixture in three additions, waiting until flour is combined before adding the next batch. Mix until just combined. Portion batter equally into a paper-lined cupcake pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Cool to room temperature before frosting.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

150g egg whites, room temperature

300g sugar

450g soft unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract, scant

Beat egg whites at medium-high speed until holding soft peaks. Meanwhile heat the sugar in about 1/4 cup of water to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. While whites are beating, slowly pour in the hot sugar syrup in a thin stream, being careful not to hit the whisk of the mixer. Beat this mixture on high speed until cooled to room temperature. Add butter to the bowl one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated. Don't worry if the merengue falls at first, it will rise again! Once all of the butter is incorporated, add vanilla and salt to taste--or whatever flavoring you'd like!

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