Our Favorite Vanilla Cupcakes with My Mom's Special Frosting

You guys! Its been so long and I am so sorry!

But what better way to get back in the swing of things and sharing recipes with you again than to share a very special family favorite recipe :)


I feel like it is pretty hard to find a good vanilla cupcake recipe...and I have tried many vanilla cakes and I'm still trying to find my very favorite - but these really stand up to the test.

What makes this recipe so special is that the icing is my mama's recipe.
My mom used to be a professional cake decorator for a few different companies and something that really marks my childhood is how many cakes my mom would always be working on! She made cakes for every celebration for every single person in my family. But what stood out was her icing. It was different, not buttercream, but better. And I remember seeing her make it and I would always get confused...it didn't look like icing at all!
Well, I never got to know her recipe in full.....until I got married :)
It had always been a dream of mine to make my wedding cake with my mom. I had developed a love for baking as I got older, probably from watching my mom do it so much, and so it was clear to me, that when I was planning my wedding, to have my mom and I make the cake together.
So I made the cakes - vanilla bean, brown butter, and chocolate espresso.
And she made the icing, her delicious concoction that everyone in my family could tell as soon as they took a bite of my wedding cake.

And like most weddings, I had a wedding shower and one of my gifts was a recipe box. And inside my mom included her special icing.


I have made her icing several times now and one time I decided to tweak it a little.....and it turns out that my husband and I fell in love with the little addition I made and now these vanilla cupcakes are ones that we crave and that my husband asks for often.

I hope that you love these as much as we do :)

Vanilla Cupcakes with Almond Frosting

For the cupcakes - 

  • 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
To bake - 

Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line your muffin tins with paper liners. I also spray the liners with baking oil too but it is not necessary.

In a bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda)

In your electric mixer with your paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary to incorporate everything.

Reduce the speed to low and then beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by half of the buttermilk. Then add another 1/3 of flour and the remaining buttermilk, and to finish add the rest of the flour. Scrap the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. Do not overmix.

Spoon your batter into the muffin tins about 3/4 of the way up. Bake for 20-25 minutes, I baked mine for 23 minutes.
Make sure a toothpick comes out clean when done baking and let cool for about 15 minutes before icing .

For the icing - 

  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of shortening, softened
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon of almond extract****
                   **** My moms recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, which is delicious. But I decided to get creative and add almond and it was amazing. So the vanilla and the almond is my favorite. If you don't like the taste of almond extract then stick with the 2 teaspoons of vanilla. You could also do 2 teaspoons of almond for a really almond taste. Half and half is my personal favorite :)

  1. Cook the flour and milk together in a nonstick skillet until thick. Low heat is best, mixing together constantly. Then cool to room temperature.
  2. When flour and milk mixture is cooled, add to your electric mixer along with the butter and shortening. Beat for 4 minutes at a high speed.
  3. Add your sugar and beat for another 4 minutes at high speed.
  4. Add your vanilla and almond extract or your flavoring of choice and mix until incorporated.
Decorate as you wish!!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do :)


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