Favorite Vanilla Cupcakes
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs (or ¾ cup egg whites if coloring your cupcakes)
1 T pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
(Optional – food coloring of your choice! For the Lorelai cupcake set I used Americolor Electric purple. )
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F, and prepare 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside. f
In a medium or stand mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until lightened. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk – the mix will look clumpy and strange at this stage. This is normal
Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, then gently fold in your food coloring if using. Don’t overmix! The batter will be fairly thick.
Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full. (I didn’t want my liners to overflow, and I found I had enough leftover batter for about 12 mini cupcakes, so I made some of those as well!)
Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:
8 oz (one package) cream cheese, softened
16 Tablespoons (two sticks) butter, softened
6-7 c powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk
1 T clear vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt (if using unsalted butter)
Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add vanilla and salt if needed and beat until well combined.
Save and add later if needed – food coloring!
For the Santiago & friends cupcake set I used Americolor Super Red and Americolor Lemon Yellow.
For the Lorelai cupcake set I used Americolor Electric purple.
Additional Supplies/Equipment/printable links!
- Small piping bag & tip – this set has been one of my favorites!
- Large piping bag & tip – I use this set of reusable large bags & tips more than almost any of my others!
- for Lorelai cupcakes – mermaid molds (the set I have has sold out, but this one on Amazon is less than $10 and has more molds than mine!) + and Wilton candy melts (I used bright white)
- I also used Fancy Sprinkles ‘Freak Show’ and Wilton’s gold and pearl sprinkle mixes!
Coloring pages (printable)
I’ll attach the photos I used for toppers below, but if you want the PDFs I created for printing please feel free to email me! The PDF files weren’t playing nice with Wordpress. :/
Print your toppers out, have your kiddos cut them out, and tape them to toothpicks to make cute cupcake toppers! Eat your cupcakes while you enjoy the next episode of Santiago of the Seas!