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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

Prep Time 32 minutes Cook Time 18 minutes 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 ServingAs Served
    Calories 323kcal Calories from fat 146
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 16g25%
    Saturated Fat 8g40%
    Transfat 1g
    Cholesterol 28mg9%
    Sodium 58mg2%
    Carbohydrate 44g15%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    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:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    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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