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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

posted by Julie Evink on August 31, 2014

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting

Preparation 32 minutes 2017-05-26T00:32:00+00:00 Cook Time 18 minutes 2017-05-26T00:18:00+00:00 Serves 36 Cupcakes     adjust servings



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 egg whites

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4- cup water
  • Food gel of your choice to dye the frosting


  1. Cupcakes

  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 (12 cupcake) pans with liners and set aside.
  3. Combine milk and vanilla in a measuring cup.
  4. Beat butter at medium speed in a stand mixer until it is creamy. Add in sugar and beat until fluffy.
  5. Sift together flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add flour into butter mixture alternating with milk mixture making sure to begin with the flour and end with the flour.
  6. Beat egg whites at a medium speed in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg whites into batter carefully.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  8. Frosting

  9. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening on medium speed until creamy. Slowly beat in powdered sugar adding one cup at a time. Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined. Mix in water slowly adding more or less until frosting is of desired consistency. Tint frosting with desired food gel color and mix until combined.
  10. Fill piping bag with an 809 piping tip and top cupcakes with frosting.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cupcake
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 323kcal Calories from fat 146
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 34g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Recipe adapted from: Lemons for Lulu

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  • tanya

    I love the pink Julie! I know that some of them looked Mini and that was so sweet! I’m sort of craving frosting now. And I know what you did with that buttercream, because it’t exactly what I did!

    • Julie Evink

      Glad I’m not the only one that enjoys some frosting!

  • Jocelyn+(Grandbaby+Cakes)

    These cupcakes look amazing!!! I need one or two for breakfast!

    • Julie Evink

      It’s the perfect way to start off the day!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love this classic recipe, Julie! The butter cream frosting sounds delish, too. I think I would have a hard time not eating it all from the bowl! 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Trust me. I may have not refrained from licking the bowl 🙂

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