Serve up these boo-licious vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream at your next Halloween party!
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, About 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Whisk together the milk, vanilla and almond essence. In a small bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients and milk mixture in 3 additions, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Spoon the cupcake mixture into the liners, filling it 3/4 cups of the way. Bake the cupcakes at 350F for 20 minutes or until cooked. Leave the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Wait till the cupcakes are completely cooled before icing.