Classic – Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I plan on celebrating BIG tonight. I’m moving to Switzerland in two weeks for 5 months so my girlfriends and I are celebrating to the max. Green beer, shamrock patterned shirts, green cupcakes. My life is good.

These cupcakes are a traditional vanilla cupcake with smooth and creamy buttercream frosting. I decorated them with a random assortment of green Jelly Belly’s and they turned out perfectly. Enjoy!

Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted from the Joy of Baking
Makes 12 cupcakes

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon (optional)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup milk
1-1 ½ recipes vanilla buttercream frosting

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set pan aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest, if using.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. Fill the muffin cups with the batter 3/4 full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in pan 5 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
5. Prepare frosting. Decorate cooled cupcakes as desired.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Recipe from Bakerella and makes enough for 18 cupcakes

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups icing sugar
1-3 tsp cream

1. Using a mixer, cream softened butter and vanilla until smooth.
2. Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
3. If you want your frosting a little creamier, add a teaspoon of cream/milk one tsp at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.
4. Use your favorite icing colours to tint the frosting!…Irish green in my case.


  1. HELEN STEWART says:

    Yummy!!!!!!!! Hope you all had a great St. Paddys Day.

  2. Love the Joy of Baking and Bakerella! Bet these were killer!

  3. What an adventure your about to embark on! How exciting! Your cupcakes look so festive!

  4. i love festive desserts!!!!

    yummy :)

  5. I’m so glad to hear you’re having such a good time. These are so cute and festive — happy belated St. Patty’s Day! I notice the amount of milk is pretty small in these cupcakes. Are they moist?

  6. Katrina, these cupcakes look so delicious and decadent! Love the simple vanilla flavor – It’s my absolute favorite no matter how many kooky and exotic flavors I try. Wonderful recipe and fun photos! Thanks for sharing.

  7. These look lovely! Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

  8. those cupcakes look significantly better then the “Irish Jig” neon green cocktail I consumed on St. Patty’s day :)

  9. Oh wow! What a big move you have ahead of you. One of my good friends just moved to Switzerland too. She loves it so far. Your going to have a blast.
    These cupcakes look delicious and I’m sure the perfect way to celebrate St.Patty’s Day and your upcoming move.

  10. Have a safe move and fun ‘trip!’ Oh, and super yummy cupcakes!

  11. Wow, these are beautiful! And they look delicious too!

  12. Adorable! I wish I had thought to make green cupcakes for saint patty’s day!!

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