Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes #TwoSweetiePies

Katie was throwing a party for her friend who was moving to Buffalo plus celebrating her own plus another girlfriend’s birthday. One of the guests of honor requested a vanilla dessert so I whipped up these Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes for the occasion.

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes | Delightfully delicious vanilla cupcakes!

Two Sweetie Pies Time!

When I need a winning dessert, I head over to the blog of my friend, Danielle. Hugs & Cookies is full of all sorts of decadent creations and I found the perfect vanilla cupcakes to test. Of course, they were moist and wonderful. Katie and her party guests took care of most of the batch, but Bill got a chance to sample and declared them a hit as well. Danielle used one of my favorite Ghirardelli cupcake recipes then topped her party cupcakes with a lovely buttercream from Magnolia Bakery. Sheer bliss. Each month we cook something from each other’s blog and reveal our recipe picks on the second Monday of the month.

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes | Delightfully delicious vanilla cupcakes!

Hugs & Cookies XOXO

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle for another magnificent dessert! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!!

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Hugs & Cookies XOXO


Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes | Delightfully delicious vanilla cupcakes!



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Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes #TwoSweetiePies

Serves 16 regular sized cupcakes     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 53 mins

Terrific vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream frosting. Cupcakes adapted from Ghirardelli; frosting adapted from Magnolia Bakery



  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. To make cupcakes, line cupcake tins with 16 paper liners. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  4. Starting and ending with dry ingredients, add alternating with milk. Divide in muffin tins and bake for 20-23 minutes or till toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make buttercream, beat butter and 4 cups powdered sugar (half the total amount). Add the milk and vanilla and beat to combine. Add the remaining 4 cups of powdered sugar and beat till creamy. Add food coloring if desired. Fill pastry bag and pipe frosting over top of cupcakes. Garnish with candy or sprinkles if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 534kcal Calories from fat 194
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Carbohydrate 85g 28%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 79g
Protein 3g

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
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  1. I honestly don’t think you can beat a good vanilla cupcake and these look delicious. I will be sure to pop over to hugs and kisses to take a peek. Sammie

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Your cupcakes are beautiful Liz, bet the girls loved them:@)

  3. These looks like heaven !! I’ll take a look to your blog’s friend! xo

  4. Ooh la la, Lizzy! What beautiful cupcakes 😀

    Katie and her friends are lucky girls 😉 these would make any occasion extra special. Happy belated birthday to them both as well.


  5. These cupcakes look good enough I think they’d pass for a delicious breakfast. Belated birthday wishes to those celebrating. Sounds like Mary’s Secret Ingredients has a very worthy cause.

  6. Liz, you always have the prettiest cupcakes!!! definitely dual birthday worthy!!!! love!

  7. They are truly beautiful Liz, I just love the pale pastel coloured balls on top, so pretty. It’s no wonder Katie and her friends loved them.

  8. These cupcakes look so dreamy and beautiful…the swirls are so perfectly piped, Liz.

  9. Wow, you weren’t kidding when you said no chocolate this month. AND no caramel!! hahahah These cupcakes look just darling!!!! Thanks for reminding me about them!!! Love it!

  10. Such a classic treat. These would be beautiful for a wedding shower or even a wedding.

  11. Vanilla cakes that are truly good and moist are hard to come by. I’ll be sure to save these to try since they received the thumbs up . I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday and enjoyed all the celebrations she and her friends were honoring. So happy she enjoyed your beautiful cupcakes!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous cupcakes, that buttercream is heavenly!

  13. You have a gift Liz to make the simple (vanilla) look wonderful and elegant, I would choose that vanilla cupcake just for that. A good mist cake recipe makes all the difference.

  14. These are so sweet, Liz. Just lovely xx

  15. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook vanilla desserts, but I think they’re great! These cupcakes would be perfect for any occasion.

  16. Lizzy,
    The cupcakes look so elegant. I follow Danielle thanks to you. She has many rich dessert recipes.

  17. one of my all time favorite dessert is a nice yellow cupcake from scratch nothing like them! These are gorgeous!

  18. I’m a huge chocolate fan, but sometimes a vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream is just the most perfect treat. Beautiful cupcakes, Liz!

  19. Classic beauties!

  20. Pretty!!

  21. These cupcakes look beautiful and so elegant! And perfect for such a special occasion 🙂

  22. Wonderful and most-delicious looking cupcakes Liz!

  23. Hotly Spiced says:

    The cupcakes are just gorgeous. I love how you piped the frosting and decorated with a little candy on the top. That was lovely of you to follow up on the request and make something vanilla xx

  24. WOW! I could eat all of that myself!
    Thanks for sharing
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  25. I love how classic and simple and BEAUTIFUL these cupcakes are-I can tell how sublime they must taste!

  26. Very festive and elegant!

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