Monday, September 5, 2011

vanilla cupcakes w/ vanilla-marshmallow buttercream

This is not my kind of cupcake. Hear me out.

I'm a chocolate loving girl who prefers peanut butter frosting, cookie dough toppings, and salted caramel fillings--fun stuff.

This kind of cupcake is a favorite of my BFF partner in crime, Judith.

Me and Judi!
Every time we end up in a bakery it's always the same scenario. I'm anxiously trying to figure out what flavors to get and if the cashier will judge me if I get 3 different treats, while Judith doesn't even look at the display case for more than 5 seconds!

She automatically wants a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting; no questions asked. Sprinkles usually are okay--but I'm not sure.

This past Christmas I talked her into getting an eggnog flavored cupcake because you know, 'tis the season.

She hated it.

She took one bite, rendered it unappetizing, and passed it over to me to finish.


Anyways, that's Judith!

I had to whip up a batch of cupcakes for an event and thought a simple recipe would be the best which is why I chose Judith's fave.

These are exceptional cupcakes if I do say so myself. It's a doctored up white cake mix with classic vanilla butter-cream frosting that I added some marshmallow fluff to. (I had to Judi!)

They really are delicious! Cupcakes like these remind me that sometimes simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Kinda like Judith. :)

Vanilla Cupcakes
--adapted from Recipe Girl

1  box white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar (I added about 2 tablespoons more)
3/4 teaspoon salt (I would reduce this by a 1/4 next time)
1 1/3 cups water
2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4 large egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, flour, sugar,and salt.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Vanilla-Marshmallow Buttercream

3 cups
powdered sugar

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
*Can't remember, but I added about 3/4 cup of marshmallow fluff

Cream sugar and butter until well blended. Add in vanilla, whipping cream, and marshmallow fluff. Tatse and adjust flavor to your liking. Frost cupcakes!


  1. I am totally a vanilla on vanilla cupcake girl! But I sure do love the chocolate too! I love the picture of the inside of the cupcake and seriously that frosting is calling my name - it looks so stinkin good!

  2. mmm! That looks so good! I want that frosting!

  3. Your cupcakes look and sound divine! Love the pictures of the cupcakes.

  4. omg, i want a cupcake now ... actually that cupcake .. looks sooo delish. it is bad that it is 11pm right now and i my mouth is watering for your cupcake!

  5. Simply elegant, all dressed up with pearls! Love the look and sound of these cupcakes & frosting :)

  6. I'm with you on cupcakes, and for vanilla I would have to go with your doctored up version as well. I must admit it is a gorgeous display on that plate!

  7. Such a pretty cupcake... the frosting looks nice and fluffy! Yum!

  8. You are so good at decorating my friend. That cake looks divine, absolutely gorgeous and I only wish I had a piece! Awesome

  9. She has really good taste because I love this!

  10. I'm not usually a plain vanilla cupcake person either...but these look delicious and they are beautiful!

  11. oh my! that looks absolutely delicious..when is your dessert book coming out chicky!

  12. Oh Super Yum!!! Beautifully decorated :)

  13. I love the addition of the marshmallow fluff to the frosting! These sounds awesome =)

  14. First of all... your gorgeous girl! Second ... these cupcakes sound amazing!!! I've never had marshmallow in buttercream frosting. Sounds so good!!

  15. Mmmm, I love marshmallow frosting. What a treat!

  16. I'm a chocolate loving girl too, but sometimes a good vanilla really hits the spot. And these look perfect :)

  17. I just pinned these on my Pinterest board!! Gotta add a white cake mix to my grocery list :)

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