2 cups flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 cup butter softened
3⁄4 cup sugar (if you like your cupcakes very sweet, add a little more.)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
Preheat oven to 375f or 190c; line muffin cups with papers.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (make sure the butter is room temp so the mixture doesn't clump). beat in eggs one at a time.
Add flour (mixed with baking powder and salt) alternating with milk beat well; stir in vanilla.
Divide evenly among pans and bake for 18 minutes. Let cool in pans.