Vanilla Blackberry Cupcakes

You know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you click on an amazing looking recipe on Pinterest only to see that it is going to take 3 days and about a thousand ingredients you don’t have to make it? I hate that.

This recipe is not one of those recipes! It’s super easy and they are so yummy. Mind you it’s nothing fancy but I think of it as the difference between a white plastic straw and those colorful striped paper straws. They both do the same thing and neither is difficult but one is definitely cuter than the other.

Anyone can make vanilla cupcakes and slather on some store bought icing, right? This is were the colorful paper straws break away from the boring white plastic straws.

Make the cupcakes using a box of yellow cake mix. While they are cooling make this vanilla spin-off of my Mom’s frosting recipe.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

3 C powdered sugar

1/3 C softened butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 T milk

Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed with mixer to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. Add food coloring to desired shade.

If you have a frosting bag with attachments, good for you. If not, put the frosting in a gallon Ziploc bag and cut 1/4-1/2 inch off the corner. Now you can frost like a pro.

The secret to frosting a cupcake is to start in the middle with a swirl then jet out to the edge and swirl your way back to the center. This helps give the frosting a little lift. Once you have frosted all the cupcakes place a blackberry on top!

Easy – like I promised.

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

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