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Golden Vanilla Dream Cupcake Recipe

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Well happy May!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted (thanks to my web designer, Arthur, for creating an adorable, illustrated liquid measure conversions, the other day), as making sweets and photographing them is a little challenging during our home renovation, but I managed to borrow my sweet friend Kim’s kitchen (Thank you Kim!), to do some recipe testing and make rainbow-happy cupcakes, inspired by this mail from The TomKat Studio.

These moist, fluffy, golden-delicious, vanilla cupcakes, a recipe I’ve been toying around with for a while, are finally ready to share, and I hope you like them too.

Besides the recipe below, I’ve got some more treats for you today, so scroll down for a little surprise!


Golden Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Golden Vanilla Dream Cupcakes

Yield: Makes approximately 24 cupcakes.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy (a few minutes).
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla.
  5. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir dry mixture into wet (butter) mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 3 of buttermilk.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measurer, scoop batter into a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners.
  8. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, until cake tester (toothpicks or skewers work well too), inserted in centre comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in muffin tins for about 5 minutes, then remove and let cool completely before adding icing.


Decorating the Cupcakes

The frosting recipe I used can be found here.

If you’d like a how-to on icing these cupcakes, here’s a video for you:

The confetti sprinkles I found at a local store, Bulk Barn, but I also found them online here. A little secret for you… I took the time to take out all the purple and orange sprinkles with my decorating tweezers. (Yes, I really did. I know). It actually only took me about 10 minutes for this many sprinkles:

And I didn’t end up needing that many for 24 cupcakes. Just really wanted to match the stripes on the cute carnival cupcake cups and favor boxes.

And now, a little giveaway fun to share with you…


Oven Printables by Claudine Hellmuth {Giveaway!} CLOSED!

A few days ago I came across these printables on Pinterest and was instantly smitten.

Little gift boxes in the shape of ovens – perfect for holding cupcakes, gift cards or anything you’d like to fit inside as a present!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these photos already. It’s an instant downloadable pdf created by the talented Claudine Hellmuth. You can find her here on Etsy and on her website here. I think you understand just how charmed I was by the printables by your response to the ovens on Facebook and Pinterest!

There are even little tags with sayings like, “Bun in the Oven”, “I love you” and “Hello neighbour”.  Hello, cute housewarming gift!

And eep! Cute little oven mitt gift tags!

(Mom, I haven’t seen you since I’ve made these yet, but here’s the one you’ll be getting).

So as a little treat for you, to thank you for visiting me here, I’m so excited to be giving away three pdf copies of the Oven Printable or Printable of your choice from Ms. Hellmuth’s shop. (Thank you, Claudine!).

Claudine has also kindly extended a coupon code to you if you’d like to shop there from now until May 22nd, 10% off with Coupon Code SOSWEET



Thank you so much for entering! Such a fun giveaway!

Congratulations to the following winners:

  1. Entry 824 – Tiarna Coops
  2. Entry 1348 – Jane Nguyen
  3. Entry 595 – Lynda Wilson
(Winners have been contacted and sent their printables from Claudine).
Wishing you a lovely day and thanks again for entering!


How to Enter – CONTEST CLOSED!

Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter box below.


The only mandatory (required) item is the first one – leaving a comment on this blog post letting me know which Printable in Claudine’s shop you’d like to win. (Make sure you check that off in the Rafflecopter box). The other entries are just more opportunities to win. Chose the social media option(s) you like!

You do not need to use Facebook to use Rafflecopter, an email is fine. Your email will not be shared with anyone.



Giveaway Details – CLOSED!

Details can be found in the Rafflecopter widget, but I thought I’d share them with you here as well:


  • No purchase necessary to win.
  • This contest is International as the prize is a downloadable PDF file.
  • The winners will be chosen randomly at www.random.org.
  • Winners will be contacted on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, and announced in this blog post once contact has been made.
  • Leave all your comment entries here, not on Facebook.
  • Please read all contest entry details in the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • You do not need to use Facebook to use Rafflecopter, an email is fine. Your email will not be shared with anyone.

Good luck!



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  1. Anita
    May 17, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    This is beautiful!!! thank you 🙂

  2. Angela
    May 17, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    The retro ovens are divine <3

  3. Flo
    May 17, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    The boxes are so cute and the cupcakes look yummy.

  4. Kathy
    May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I would love to win the cupcake ones.

  5. Kim
    May 17, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I visited Claudine’s etsy page and her PDF are adorable.
    Love the ovens! Super cute!

  6. Beth Fairfax
    May 17, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The retro ovens are perfectly charming!

  7. Sharon
    May 17, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I’m into everything retro. My home is decorated in 1950’s-70’s theme. <3 These ovens are adorable!!! Would love to win!

  8. louise lewis
    May 17, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    the oven cupcake box printables please 🙂

  9. Denice M
    May 17, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love the retro ovens and would love to win these.

  10. Marion H
    May 17, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    The ovens! Adorable!!

  11. Cheryl Inga
    May 17, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Would love to win the oven template…. they are so cute!

  12. Stephanie Jarvis
    May 17, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Adorable!!! all of them are sooo cute! Talent. I love the christmas village, trains, cupcakes, ovens…i can’t decide they are all so fun to use.

  13. Kristin Lewin
    May 17, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I would like you to send me the Ice Cream Truck Cupcake box when I win ~teehee

  14. May 17, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    it is all awesome….if i had to choose hmmmmm the house or the ice cream truck or the cupcake or the oven…..oh just let Claudine choose i can’t…=0)
    those little cupcakes look yummy too….

  15. Jennifer
    May 17, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I would love to win the retro oven cupcake boxes. So cute!

  16. Bobbi Glenn
    May 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Love the retro stove boxes!

  17. Lori Gardner
    May 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    My teen daughter & I would love the oven printables or the cupcake favor boxes – she’s teaching me to bake & this would be so much fun for gifting people! ;o)

  18. Christell
    May 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I love the little ovens. They’re fab!

  19. Katrina
    May 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! Love the retro oven and ice cream truck cupcake boxes! Love the cassette tape card holders too…probably cuz I’m a late 80’s/early 90’s chick 🙂

  20. May 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I love the cupcake favor box kit!

  21. May 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I would love those oven printables. Those are super cute!

  22. Sakinah
    May 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    the retro oven cupcake box is awesome. love it 😀

  23. Marisela
    May 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    The retro oven…is beatiful!!!!! And also the cupcakes and the ice pop….so sweet…thanks

  24. Julie
    May 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I love the retro ovens!! I would love to use those as a gift!

  25. Mary
    May 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Love! Love the retro oven cupcake boxes! 🙂

  26. Alyssa
    May 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE those little oven boxes!
    Those would be perfect for my cupcakes, and even brownies or cookies.

  27. Kim C.
    May 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The Retro Oven-Cupcake Box is so lovely and absolutely adorable!!!

  28. May 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Love the oven boxes!!!

  29. May 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I saw these little ovens on Pinterest and knew I had to have them for my cupcakes!!!! I’d love to win them

  30. May 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Love the retro oven cupcake boxes!! SO CUTE!!! 🙂 Thanks for the setting up the giveaway! 🙂

  31. Jen C
    May 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I Love
    them all but
    would be thrilled to start with the oven!

  32. Claudia Adams
    May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have the retro oven boxes printable kit! They are adorable!

  33. Stephanie
    May 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    The retro oven cupcake boxes are my favourite!

  34. Dawn
    May 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Love the retro ovens! So cute!

  35. Barb R.
    May 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I love the ovens. They are so cute! Well, they all are…

  36. danita stander
    May 18, 2013 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    I would like to win this oven printables

  37. May 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    OH MY!! While I love the retro oven printable, I am IN LOVE with the cupcake gift box. It’s adorable. A cupcake IN a cupcake!!!!!

  38. Lynn
    May 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Love the Oven cupcake box…these are adorable!

  39. Fabiola
    May 19, 2013 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I love ithem all,
    yummy !!! ;O)

  40. Dee Anton
    May 20, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Love them all but the retro ovens are beyond cute! 🙂

  41. May 24, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Marian, I just adore this post! You sound like me…I would do the same and tediously “tweeze out” the purple and orange “clashing” sprinkle colors, LOL! And, that oven gift box printable? With the oven mitt gift tags? Totes adorbs! LOVE your perfected Golden Vanilla Dream Cupcake recipe and cannot wait to bake ’em! Pinning to group boards over at Pinterest and have a fab Memorial Day weekend! xo

  42. May 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I loveeee those little oven cupcake boxes! cute cute cute!

  43. June 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Awwww, those printables are so precious!

  44. June 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Those boxes are the cutest and the cupcakes look delicious!

  45. Yoa
    June 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Is there any substitutions for buttermilk?

  46. marian
    June 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard, @ Yoa, that a little vinegar in milk works. Not sure how much… maybe try google. Sorry I don’t know more.

  47. June 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    These little guys are so darn cute! I am always amazed at what comes out of your kitchen.

  48. Michaela Freehling
    July 2, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Hi, I am wanting to make some cupcakes today, and in a pinch, but I do not have buttermilk. Can I use regular whole milk and get the same effect? Thanks!

    • marian
      July 2, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Michaela, Yes, you can. Just add a little vinegar to the mild (I know, sounds weird huh! I can’t remember how much… If you google, how to make home made buttermilk, or how to make buttermilk with milk and vinegar, the answer should come up.
      Good luck! xo

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