Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting


Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes

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You have to know something about my husband,  he doesn’t eat a lot of what I bake for the blog.  Now, don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t shun sugar by any means!  He actually may be one of the biggest sweet eaters I know, just like my dad was.  Growing up I could always count on my Dad to eat anything I whipped up in the kitchen!  My husband on the other hand, he’s a pretty simple man.  He doesn’t care for stuffed and gooey, raspberry and lemon, or a luscious panna cotta.  What he does love is a simple classic vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.

A few weeks ago I was in the kitchen stuffing lemon cupcakes with raspberry ice cream for the Ice Cream Cupcake Challenge over at the Cupcake Project, when I realized the next day was Father’s Day.  Now Steve may not be MY father, but he is one fantastic father to our girls………and all I could think about was how disappointed he was going to be when he found out I was making cupcakes again, and they were not chocolate and vanilla.

Now this is where I have to tell you, that he’s perfectly happy with a boxed mix (especially when I doctor it up to make perfect cupcakes) and some canned frosting.  But, as luck would have it, I did not have a vanilla, yellow or white cake mix in the house.  So I thought I’d see what I could find online.

People let me tell you………this is THE BEST Vanilla cake I’ve ever had! or at least the best I’ve ever made!  I was a little leery, because, like I said, I usually start with a box mix.  Last year I thought I’d get my June Clever on and make him a yellow cake by scratch and it was terrible! None of us liked it, we actually threw 3/4 of that cake out, and needless to say it never made it to the blog. 

This time I thought I’d look for a white cake, and quickly found a recipe that promised to be easy and delightful. A white cake that tastes like a cross between an angel food cake, with a light almond-vanilla flavor, and a pound cake, without the heaviness. Simply flavored, sweet, moist with a medium crumb. SOLD!!

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These cupcakes delivered on EVERY promise! 

I’m not one to eat cake with out frosting, but these cupcakes smelled so incredible when they came out of the oven, I had to try one as soon as they cooled off……..I almost didn’t even bother with frosting.  They were that good.  Not only was the flavor a beautiful marriage of almond and vanilla, but each cupcake had a slightly crisp crusty edge that melted my heart!

Top them off with our favorite Chocolate Frosting from Martha Stewart and you have one Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcake that will stand up next to any stuffed fluffy ooey gooey cupcake you can dream up!……..I knew there was a reason I fell in love with that man!

You NEED to print this Recipe! because you are going to want to make these cupcakes!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Simply flavored, sweet, moist white cupcake with a delightful light almond-vanilla flavor and a perfect medium crumb, smothered with the perfect chocolate frosting.


    For Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (6 oz), softened
  • For Chocolate Frosting
  • Dark Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled


    For Vanilla Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line cupcake tins with paper liners
  2. Using a small bowl, combine milk, cream, eggs whites and almond extract and vanilla bean with a fork and set aside.
  3. Using paddle attachment on electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt on low speed. Add butter and continue beating at slow speed until mixture looks like wet sand.
  4. Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes.
  5. Add remaining milk mixture and beat for an additional 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Do not over mix.
  6. Divide batter evenly between cupcake wells and gently shake to smooth batter. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center cupcakes comes out clean.
  7. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  8. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen in a covered container for 1-2 weeks.
  9. For Chocolate Frosting:
  10. Combine the cocoa and boiling water, stirring until the cocoa has dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until pale and fluffy.
  11. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture.
  12. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen up to 1 month, in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again.


cupcake recipe (barely modified) from Baking Bites frosting recipe from Martha Stewart Cupcakes Book

 I really think the vanilla bean paste adds SO much to this recipe.  Of course you can simply use vanilla extract,  but I BEG of you, if you’ve never tried vanilla bean paste, try it with this recipe.  I promise you will fall in love!

This batter was even so incredible that I’m planning to find a recipe for cake batter ice cream! Oh now that would be TO. DIE. FOR!!

 So chocolate or vanilla……..which do you choose?




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38 Responses to “Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on June 26, 2012 at 6:44 am (#)

    These are perfection! Nothing beats a classic vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. My husband is the same as yours so I know he would be a very pleased man with a batch of these lovely cupcakes.

  2. Nicole posted on June 26, 2012 at 7:07 am (#)

    Those are so pretty – they are a real work of art!

  3. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on June 26, 2012 at 7:18 am (#)

    absolutely love these Cheryl. Great looking!

  4. Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline posted on June 26, 2012 at 7:44 am (#)

    Those cupcakes look and sound delicious ~ I can’t wait to try them. I loved the story that went along with these, thanks for sharing it. : ) hugs, mb

  5. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:06 am (#)

    I love this. Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting…a classic! This one I am bookmarking for sure! Thanks. xxoo

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:16 am (#)

    Sometimes all you crave is a simple, classic chocolate/vanilla cupcake. I’m with your husband on that!

  7. Maria posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:29 am (#)

    The best of both worlds!

  8. Kristy Life-n-Reflection posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:06 am (#)

    A great recipe and with those darling polka dot cupcake liners – too cute!

  9. Living The Sweet Life posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:11 am (#)

    Yum!! I’ve been looking for a great basic cupcake for a while – – I think we have a winner 😉

  10. HeatherChristo posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:13 am (#)

    Cheryl- I just love a good vanilla cupcake recipe- mine are NEVER right! and I am so obsessed with vanilla bean paste, it makes such a difference! thanks!

  11. Meghan @ After the Ivy League posted on June 26, 2012 at 10:05 am (#)

    I love a classic yellow cake too…and the BEST you’ve ever made? Sounds like something I need to print and save for good keeping!

  12. Paula posted on June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am (#)

    That these have vanilla bean paste and almond extract in them make them a sure-fire winner in my book.

  13. teresa posted on June 26, 2012 at 10:25 am (#)

    Thrilled to finally find a classic white cupcake recipe.
    Thank you Cheryl!
    Honestly! I’ve been looking for one so long. I usually just use your Perfect Cupcake recipe.
    This is perfect!
    Happy Day Sweetie!

  14. Colleen posted on June 26, 2012 at 11:05 am (#)

    I can’t wait to try these, maybe I will have time on Sunday afternoon (I sure hope so)!

  15. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on June 26, 2012 at 11:18 am (#)

    My husband rarely eats much of my blogged baked good either. His favorite flavor is vanilla, and I always tell him how boring that is, but honestly? My favorite is chocolate, which is nearly as boring! Maybe I’ll make these vanilla cupcakes next time he wants something sweet!

  16. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm (#)

    so classic. so amazing. I am a vanilla girl through and through! :)

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#)

    they sound awesome and vanilla bean paste is just amazing stuff!

  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on June 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm (#)

    This is my favorite cupcake combination! I love a nice vanilla cake base with a rich chocolate frosting.

  19. marla posted on June 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm (#)

    These look like cupcake perfection!!!

  20. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on June 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm (#)

    These look lovely – and that frosting is awesome!

  21. Raquel posted on June 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm (#)

    I am SO going to make those! They look awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  22. Carla @ Carlas Confections posted on June 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm (#)

    These are stunning! I absolutely love the piping, the liners, just everything about them! So beautiful! Before I started baking a lot, my husband (then boyfriend) would only ever want a yellow box mix cake with canned chocolate frosting on top. So I know what you mean :) He does eat anything I bake now though. Which makes me feel good about my baking skills lol. I am more of a chocolate girl though. Lots of chocolate will make me happy!

  23. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on June 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#)

    Delicious recipe! I’m always looking for a scratch yellow cupcake, because none of the ones I’ve made ever comes out good. Box mixes are so dependable, but now I must try this one!

  24. Allyson posted on June 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#)

    These look amazing!

  25. Carolyn posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:32 am (#)

    Yu-hu-hu-hum! Oh my, beautiful cuppies!

  26. cakes nottingham posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:21 am (#)

    These cakes sure look delicious

  27. cupcakes nottingham posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:22 am (#)

    Mmm mmm

  28. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:46 am (#)

    my hubby is the same way, he will hardly eat anything I make. And vanilla bean paste is my favorite thing!

  29. bridget {bake at 350} posted on June 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm (#)

    Those look just *perfect*! I love a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting…and this recipe sounds delicious!

  30. aida mollenkamp posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm (#)

    Such a classic — I’m sure Steve loved them!

  31. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:35 am (#)

    The perfect, classic cupcake. Love it!

  32. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! posted on June 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#)

    I believe you, these definitely look like amazing cupcakes!

  33. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm (#)

    You can’t go wrong with a classic like this! Even though I do love all those fancy flavors, sometimes all I want most is a nice simple classic. Yum!

  34. Kimberly T. posted on July 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm (#)

    Your description has me convinced. I’ve got to try these and soon! :)

  35. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on July 2, 2012 at 9:17 am (#)

    these are some beautiful cupcakes if you ask me!

  36. Kristina Vanni posted on July 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#)

    What a beautiful presentation of a classic. Thanks for sharing, this is a recipe I will be sure to keep on hand!

  37. Debra posted on July 6, 2012 at 11:18 am (#)

    All time classic made yummier!


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