Vanilla Cupcakes with Fudge Buttercream

These cupcakes are nothing fancy.

Nothing fancy atall.


Just your plain jane vanilla cake topped with chocolate frosting.

Super moist and sweetly comforting cake topped with ultra fudgey buttercream I mean.

All the same, no bells and whistles here.

These are the kind of cupcakes you use to deliver a sweet sentiment to the awesome people you encounter in life.

You know, show them that they’re special.

Everyone needs to know they’re special.

Spread the love.

You might give one to the guy who came and picked up your massive new desk with his burly truck… even though he doesn’t actually know you.     Does now.

Or maybe to the guy who kindly dedicates his entire evening to assembling said massive desk.    Cause otherwise, you’d be writing on a box of desk parts all year.

You could share one with an old friend who you’ve been totes shady to while she’s settling into a new place.     Geeze, you’re a jerkface.

You could also give one to a new friend. One who shares your passion for baked beauty would be a good choice.

Heck, it’d be a fantastic idea to deliver one to your awesome neighbor tin congratulations on his tasty new venture into the froyo industry.

You should def bring one to your #1 bar-master too. Grab an awe-inspiring burger while you’re out. You may just be rewarded with complimentary creme brulee and house-made Oreos.

Be sure to save a few for your roommates and yourself. Because ya’ll are rad. Obviously.

Even if you’re not whipping out fancy flavors and frilly piping, a simple cupcake is the perfect way to let someone know you’re thinking about them, that you appreciate them, that they are special to ya.

And speaking of special…   today happens to be a very special day.

Today, my BFF&F&F&F Brianna turned 19-years-young.

If I were with her today, we would lay in her bed, watch child movies and eat the decadent death-by-chocolate cake I would have made her.

Bri is probably one of the most genuinely fantastic people existing on this planet… she deserves like 6 dozen of these special people cakes.           …and ice cream too.    Not to mention, she has to be Beauty & the Feast’s top-reader. Kudos baby-cakes.


p.s.   I love you.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fudge Buttercream

  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
  • 1 &1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk together the milk, sour cream and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup. Beat the dry ingredients and milk mixture by half-increments until just combined.  Do not over-mix.

Divide the batter into prepared pan using an ice cream scoop. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan. Remove to rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Fudge Buttercream

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 2 &1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tbsp milk

Beat together the melted chocolate and butter. Add in vanilla and cocoa. Gradually beat in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time, alternating with tablespoons of milk. Beat until creamy smooth consistency.


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