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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.

This vanilla cupcake recipe was moist, tender and got rave reviews!

Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes on a small white plate

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

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 homemade cupcakes to test.

Of course, these Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes 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.

Simple, Delicious White Cupcake Recipe

Tender with the perfect crumb, these white cupcakes disappeared quickly. With so many chocoholics in the family, it’s hard to remember that vanilla desserts can be quite scrumptious! Katie’s friends adored these gems!

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes lined up on a narrow white ceramic tray

Hugs & Cookies XOXO

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle for another magnificent dessert! This Vanilla Cupcake Recipe was divine. She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! Make Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes for your next celebrations. You’ll get loads of rave reviews!

Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites!

Hugs & Cookies XOXO


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Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

Terrific vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Yield 16 regular sized cupcakes



  • 1 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ 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.


Cupcakes adapted from Ghirardelli; frosting adapted from Magnolia Bakery.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 239mg Carbohydrates: 76g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 73g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
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31 comments on “Buttercream Topped Vanilla Cupcakes”

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

  20. Wonderful and most-delicious looking cupcakes Liz!

  21. 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

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

  24. Very festive and elegant!

  25. These looks like the PERFECT vanilla cupcakes!

  26. This frosting is perfect!!! Sometimes a simple vanilla + buttercream combo is exactly what I’m craving!

  27. I love these cupcakes! So perfect when you’re looking for a delicious frosting recipe!

  28. these are so pretty I would love one right now with my coffee even for breakfast!

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