Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes + Buttercream Icing

When I think of Valentine’s Day Hearts and Pink come to mind. For some people, it might be chocolate, roses, or fancy dinners and I am all about that too but I love pink and I’ll take any chance I get to decorate with pink!! I love these cupcakes because they are visually so pretty and they taste just as good! The cake for these cupcakes is vanilla with a vanilla buttercream icing.


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to get a post out quickly because I didn’t plan very well and here I am two days before Valentine’s Day with nothing to share. I had good intentions of sharing a Valentines Dinner and I even came up with a Salmon recipe, tested it out, got my photos and then life got busy and I never got the post out. The good news is I will be posting the recipe soon so keep checking back!

Vanilla Cupcakes

My inspiration behind this post was sharing the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe. I think it’s difficult to make the perfectly moist, yet spongy vanilla cupcake. I have messed around with a lot of different recipes and then I found this recipe by Lindsey at Life Love and Sugar and I make it all the time! It’s a quick and easy recipe and the cupcakes come out moist and delicious. This recipe uses vegetable oil rather than butter, making it similar to a boxed cake. In my opinion, the cake is more moist and lasts longer when you use oil. Click here for the recipe. I love her blog, she has really great cake recipes and her decorating is beautiful.

Vanilla Cupcakes


I get asked a lot what I use in my icing recipe and I am always happy to share, but this is the first time I have posted on my blog. I use a basic buttercream icing recipe. I have been using the same recipe for years and I think it’s the best consistency and tastes the best. A lot of recipes call for half butter and half shortening, but my preference for the best taste is using only butter. Also, a lot of recipes call for salted butter which pairs well with vanilla, but I always use unsalted because you never know how much salt is in the butter and too much can ruin your icing.

Icing Tips:

  1. Butter needs to be at room temperature before beating it – Make sure to beat out all lumps before adding the powdered sugar. This step is essential for a smooth icing consistency.
  2. Sift powdered sugar – Sifting removes any lumps and makes the sugar fluffier by adding air. Any fine mesh can be used for sifting, most commonly a kitchen strainer.
  3. Don’t over beat icing – Once all ingredients are combined, try not to over beat the icing as this will cause bubbles ruining the texture of the icing.
  4. Buttercream Icing is best at room temperature – It’s best to frost your cake or cupcakes when icing is at room temperature.
  5. Always make more than less – I almost always double the recipe and make enough to do the entire job because it is difficult to recreate colors.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttercream Icing
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This is my go-to Buttercream Icing Recipe. It tastes delicious and is the perfect consistency for piping cupcakes.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp water or milk, more or less for desired consistency
  1. In a stand mixer, on medium speed whip the butter until light and fluffy, making sure there are no clumps.
  2. On low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar, half a cup at a time until well combined. Add in vanilla.
  3. Add water or milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency. You should be able to hold a spoon of icing on its side without it falling off the spoon.
  4. If you want to color your icing, I recommend using Wilton Icing Color Gels. Slowly add to icing until you icing is your desired color.
  5. *Note* Double recipe if piping icing for cupcakes.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day!? I would love to hear what you’re up to or see pictures of any treats you’re making or receive! Post a picture and hashtag thewelldressedkitchen 💗

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You need this cupcake tin from William’s Sonoma, it makes the perfect cupcakes. I won’t use a different pan every again. My cupcakes come out fluffy every time! Click on picture below to purchase!