Vanilla cupcakes

  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)


Dear SOS: I am a huge fan of the vanilla cupcakes at Joan's on Third. I have tried all the other cupcake spots in town, and they can't compare. Is there any way you can obtain the recipe? Thanks.

Justin Radell

Los Angeles

Cupcake recipe: The May 20 Culinary SOS recipe for vanilla cupcakes from Joan's on Third omitted the estimated baking time for the cupcakes. It is 18 to 20 minutes. —

Dear Justin: With a light crumb and bright vanilla flavor, this is one cupcake that doesn't need to rely on a ton of decoration to be a hit. Joan's on Third was happy to share its recipe for vanilla cupcakes. They're simple and easy to make, and are sure to be a hit at home.

Vanilla cupcakes

Total time: 35 minutes, plus cooling time

Servings: 12

Note: Adapted from Joan's on Third


1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (5.84 ounces) flour

1 1/8 teaspoons baking powder

Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

1 cup (7 ounces) sugar