Deb, over at Smitten Kitchen, sent me an email today. She said her #1 vanilla cake recipe is the one she used when baking a wedding cake for a friend last summer. If you're not familiar with the Smitten Kitchen you really should get on over there and become fast friends immediately.
The Smitten's vanilla cake recipe makes ~28 cupcakes. As previously stated, S and I are chocolate fans and are just getting over the fact that we're even friends with non-chocolate people. We do not need 26 vanilla cupcakes in our house. What's a quarter of 1 3/4 cups? It's 1/4 cup plus 2 T. Viola, 7 cupcakes making their way to the oven:
I'm hoping that they're moist, squishy and not the least bit mealy. It would be great to have a vanilla cupcake winner in contender #1.