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Oct 9, 2008 03:48 AM

billy's cupcakes and the great baking powder mystery

how much baking powder are you actually supposed to use in this recipe?

try searching for the recipe for billy's vanilla vanilla cupcakes and you'll get two different sets of ingredients and lots of posts on blog about great triumph (amazing texture and taste) and failure (collapsing centers, overflow). the background is that billy appeared on martha's show and stated 2T of baking powder but the recipe as listed on her website currently (oct 2008) states 1T. some follow 1T while others do 2T. i've seen people blog about success with both amounts. i'd rather not experiment too much with this. which measurement is correct?

Billy’s Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes:

* 1 ¾ cups cake flour, not self-rising
* 1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* ¾ teaspoon salt
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 4 large eggs
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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  1. I haven't made them but looking at the proportions, I'd go with one tablespoon.

    1. The typical proportions listed in the wiki baking powder article are:
      1 tsp bp
      1 c flour
      1 c liquid
      1 egg

      1T bp with 3 c flour matches this.
      2T might give a bit more lift, but there may also be such a thing as too much lift - too many gas bubbles to soon. A general purpose cake or muffin trouble shooting cookbook or web site might discuss this.