Living in a rural area I often miss the food from my undergraduate days in New York. I had a couple of haunts, one being Magnolia Bakery. I first went to Magnolia's during freshman orientation. Overwhelmed by the late night line--people leave their houses after 10p.m.?--I quickly ordered the banana pudding. And it was wonderfully light and creamy.
Then I tried their cupcakes: vanilla with buttercream frosting. Magnolia cupcakes are light and moist, like eating a cloud. The eponymous cookbook generously shares the recipe.
For awhile I made it often, recently I've been enticed by flashier more complex cakes. Yesterday I revisited the Magnolia cupcake recipe, as a cake. It turned out just as I remembered. With rainbow sprinkles sandwiched between the layers, it was pure nostalgia.