Vanilla Party Cupcakes

Vanilla Party Cupcakes // take a megabite

Well, guys, these cupcakes are totally a party. And I might even have to say that they age well. While putting this post together I had to eat the one I saved for a special occasion. (Obvz.) I baked these Sunday and ate the last one on Wednesday (I shared a ton, don’t go judgin’!) and it was even better somehow! I think it’s because I used fairy dust and magic in the frosting. Those two things age like a fine wine.

Vanilla Party Cupcakes // take a megabite

Another super cool fact about these guys is that you only need 1 stick of butter for all 12 cupcakes, I’m talkin’ cake and frosting included. I wouldn’t joke about such things. So, let’s say that you have a little birthday shindig after work and would like to bring cupcakes… BOOM. Done. You could even go the extra mile and pop by the local bakery to buy an empty box, sans logo-sticker, for toting them to the bar. I totally recommend it.

Vanilla Party Cupcakes // take a megabite

Vanilla Party Cupcakes
Recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook


cupcakes –

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • scant 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, or whatever milk you have on hand
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract

frosting –

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 T milk
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • food coloring, if you want
  • sprinkles!!


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and butter in a large bowl. Beat using an electric mixer on a low speed until the mixture is a sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
  2. Whisk the egg, vanilla and remaining milk together in a separate bowl, and add to the flour mixture. Continue beating until just incorporated.
  3. Divide the batter between 12 paper lined muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating half way through or until lightly golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make frosting. Beat the powdered sugar together in a medium sized bowl with an electric mixer on medium low speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Turn the mixer to low. Combine milk and the vanilla extract and slowly stream it into the butter and sugar mixture. Once incorporated, turn the mixer to high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes. When you reach the desired consistency, add food coloring, (I used electric pink + orange) frost the cooled cupcakes, and sprinkle them with all your favorite sprinkles.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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42 thoughts on “Vanilla Party Cupcakes”

  1. ADORABLE! You might post a note in the recipe that you could make these with any milk by adding 1 tsp. vinegar to the milk and letting it curdle. It’s my go-to, since I rarely have buttermilk on hand and love the moisture that the extra acid adds to cupcakes/muffins.

  2. These are the cutest! (I was just reading a recipe for swiss meringue buttercream that takes 6 sticks of butter, not counting the cake yeowww.) And I could just squeeze that little pup!

  3. Any thoughts on incorporating a dark chocolate bar into these? Chopped and mixed into the cupcake batter? Or finely chopped and sprinkled on top of the frosting? Thanks!

    1. You could do either! Both would be super tasty and pretty. You could even pop a big chunk in the center of each of them. <3

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