One Bowl Does It All Vanilla Cupcakes

*One Bowl Does It All Vanilla Cupcakes*
Makes 18

These are cheap and easy to make, and what's more . . . quite delicious!  Everything is mixed together in one bowl so that not only simplifies things, but it is a lot easier for clean up as well£

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco, Trex or white Flora)
1 cup single cream
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 TBS vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F.  Lightly grease two medium size muffin tins, or line with paper wrappers.  Use one with 12 holes and one with six.  Set aside.

Put all of the cupcake ingredients into a large bowl and then beat them on medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended, for about 30 seconds.  Increase the speed to high and beat for a further 3 minutes, or until well mixed and smooth.  Divide the batter amongst the prepared muffin cups, filling them only half full.

Bake inthe heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until they test done.  They should be lightly browned on top and spring back when touched very lightly with your fingertip.  Remove from the oven and immediately remove them from the muffin tins to a wire rack to cool completely before icing and decorating as desired.

Note - I have used a vanilla butter cream here, but chocolate is very nice as well!!