1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tbs vanilla extract or an entire little package of powder
zest of 1 large lime or lemon
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 ts baking powder
1/4 ts salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350
Combine the dry ingredients together and set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
Starting with the flour add one third and mix well, then add half of the buttermilk, repeat with the remaining buttermilk and then add the last portion of the flour. Don't over mix.. this is not bread!
Gently stir in the lemon/lime zest.
Fill prepared cupcake pan or cake pan and bake until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack to cool completely and frost when ready to serve.