Vanilla cupcakes are universally popular at parties. Cupcakes bring a party table to life when appropriately decorated and coordinated to your party theme.
We themed these cupcakes for a baby shower. These super moist homemade vanilla cupcake recipe holds well and remains moist. If you love yummy baking recipes this is a perfect party dessert choice.
Cupcakes make a party table complete, in my opinion. Cupcakes are cute and easy to clean up. My daughters first birthday I made her a princess Cupcake dress. She had her smash cupcake and we all had a cupcake. It was adorable and not much clean up fuss. I like that.
Recently I stepped up to host my dear friend’s baby boy shower. I knew vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting would be my foodie contribution to the party. Party cupcakes are really fun to make and decorate for a theme.
Check out my YouTube video to get a better look at all the ways we pulled together this baby shower. We went all out. Even a brunch bar. The party turned out great.
My friends and event planners extraordinaire, Julie and Alise, created this shower with me. They chose the baby Explorer theme. This is the baby shower cupcake idea they came up with.
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We spent a craft night together with a silhouette machine. It’s such a handy crafting tool. We made OODLES of decorations for the party. Including the toppers you see here for the cupcakes.
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Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting:
Kudos to Danielle over at Live well Bake Often for this cupcake recipe. I ‘ve made many vanilla cupcakes over the years. Danielle’s is SO good at staying moist when made ahead I used this recipe.
I’ve linked her vanilla cupcake recipe at the bottom of this post for you. I did use my own buttercream frosting recipe though. Just to be clear 🙂
Make these super moist vanilla cupcakes a day ahead if you like. Stored correctly in an airtight container (I use this cupcake carrier) will remain moist and delicious. On party day make the homemade buttercream frosting and decorate.
- Use real vanilla extract rather than imitation flavoring for best results. I know. Vanilla is REALLY expensive. But if you want the best flavor you need it in this recipe.
- Set out ALL of your eggs, unsalted butter and other dairy ingredients an hour or so before you make any cakes or cupcakes. Room temperature ingredients blend together best.
- Do not over-mix the cupcake batter, I know it’s tempting to flip the mixer on and let it mix away, but cupcake batter is very delicate and needs to be mixed just until the ingredients are combined.
- Do not open the oven door early to check on the cupcakes. If you are an anxious baker, and you love to open the door to take a quick peak at how things are coming along, resist the temptation. This will cause your cupcakes to fall and not rise properly.
- The key to a great cupcake is air and lightness in the batter.
- Cover them as soon as they are cooled to the touch, don’t leave them out for any length of time if you are planning on eating them the following day.
- Frost the day you plan to eat them for best results, this will leave you with soft and fresh buttercream
Your Printable Recipe Card:
Beat butter (softened to room temperature) until it is pale in color (at least 3-5 minutes) Add in powdered sugar in additions, until mixed completely with butter Next, add the vanilla extract and the milk (the milk you will need to add accordingly, start with 4 tbsp and if its still too thick, add another tbsp) Store prepared cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
To make the vanilla cupcakes:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 481 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 102mg Sodium: 168mg Carbohydrates: 57g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 46g Protein: 3g
Beat butter (softened to room temperature) until it is pale in color (at least 3-5 minutes)
Add in powdered sugar in additions, until mixed completely with butter
Next, add the vanilla extract and the milk (the milk you will need to add accordingly, start with 4 tbsp and if its still too thick, add another tbsp)
Store prepared cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.