May 14


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!


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  1. July 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    [email protected]@@nice and i want eat!

  2. Chris
    July 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    How does this recipe work as a cake rather than cupcakes? I’d assume it would be fine, but just asking in case someone has done it.

  3. Juliana de Barros
    July 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Amei o seu blog. Que ideia incrivél a do fogão retro. também gostaria muito de ganhar uma copia…plis, plis meus alunos iriam amar.

  4. Lourdes
    July 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Hello Marian,
    If I don’t have unsalted butter, could I use regular (salted) butter, and omit the 1/4 tsp salt?

    • marian
      July 26, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Lourdes,
      Yes, you can. You still might get a bit saltier of a taste, but the sweetness should cut it well.

  5. Selma De O. Neres
    August 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    olaaa amei a idei a do fogao se possivel eu gostaria do molde


    • marian
      August 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Gracias Selma! xo

  6. August 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Your videos are the best!!! Thank you!

    • marian
      August 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!
      Glad you like them, Gigi!

  7. Sabrina
    August 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey Marian, i just made the cupcakes vanilla & chocolate omg they are so delicious it reminded me of my childhood how my mum use to make those cupcakes they smell so superlicious. Thank you so much for the recipes

    • marian
      August 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Wonderful! Thanks, Sabrina!

  8. Heleana Falcão
    August 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Olá, pode por favor, enviar para meu email o molde dessas caixinhas?Obrigada.

  9. August 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    SERIOUSLY delicious! I made these tonite and they truly are little dream cupcakes!!! Thank you for another brilliant recipe Marion!

    • marian
      August 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Yay! Thanks Gigi!

  10. Bel
    August 20, 2013 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    hello can i replace white margarine with butter ? I’m not familiar with white margarine tnx

  11. Heather
    August 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Hey I love love love the cupcakes but I can’t get white margarine anywhere in Australia!!
    What can I use instead??
    I’m desprit as my daughters birthday is next weekend and I don’t have a icing

  12. Renee C
    September 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    FINALLY!!!!!! After what feels like a gazillion fails, I’ve finally found the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe…Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • marian
      September 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Yay! I’m glad you like it! It took me many tries too!

  13. Sabrina
    October 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I made these yesterday and they were so good! I have the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook but I their muffins to be too dense. But these vanilla muffins were exactly what I’ve been looking for! I even managed to get muffintops 🙂 thank you for the recipe, it’s a keeper!

    • marian
      October 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      That’s great, Sabrina! I’m happy to hear you like them!

  14. Sophie
    October 7, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    I am so eager to make these. How long will the cake (not the icing) last for in an air safe container?


    • October 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Freshest is always best, but up to a week I would say. Hope that helps!

  15. Heather
    October 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hey me again just wondering if this would work well for a cake (bread loaf tin size making a bubble bath cake for sister in laws birthday)if how much do you think I would need f the mixture and how long to bake it?

  16. Moo Cake
    December 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marion, could you convert the butter measurement into grammes please as I am in the Uk? I would love to try this recipe! Many thanks, Moo Cake

  17. Moo Cake
    December 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Marion, I really appreciate your help. I think your website is amazing, you are so talented!

  18. Moo Cake
    December 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marion, I baked the vanilla cupcakes today and they taste absolutely delicious! Your frosting recipe is just perfect, although I had to make it with unsalted butter as I didn’t have white margarine. I usually find buttercream sickly and too sweet but your recipe is just right on the sweetness scales. Thank you so much for a fantastic recipe which I shall use from hereon! Moo Cake x

    • marian
      December 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      Yay! Glad you like it Moo Cake!

  19. December 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian – What texture does this recipe produce? Dense, light, soft or coarse crumb?

    • marian
      January 2, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Ruby,
      Moist and fluffy. Light and soft. 🙂

  20. Mimi
    December 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Omg, thank you thank you thank you! After many failed, dense, podgy, dry (you name it) I find a scrum- dildly-umcious recipe! Baked them with buttercream and mmmmhmmmm that’s what I’m talking about, thanks hun! :o)

  21. JK
    December 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I love your blog so much.. all cookies and cakes are so nice looking.. cant bear to eat it.
    I’m planning to make the vanilla cupcakes for my boy’s birthday this coming weekend. But I only have 12 cupcake pans.. Can I leave the other half of the batter on the shelf while waiting for the first 12 cupcakes baking in the oven?

    • marian
      January 2, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      HI JK, sorry for the delay! Yes, you can!

  22. Diana
    February 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t able to find confetti sprinkles anywhere like yours. They all look very flat with a lot of sponge like holes on them. I checked Bulk Barn as well as Wilton. They aren’t thick and smooth like your sprinkles?

    If you zoom on this link, you’ll see the texture has a lot of holes.

    Diana (Toronto, Canada)

    • marian
      March 11, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Hi Diana,
      I did get mine at Bulk Barn, and took the time to take out the purple ones with tweezers. Lol.

  23. Catherine
    February 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Hello Marian! I would like to make this is a cake, would this recipe work well instead of the cupcakes?

    • marian
      March 11, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      Hi Catherine,
      I have heard from readers who say it works well as a cake, yes.

  24. March 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian! Thanks for sharing, I plan to try it out this weekend. Did you use bleached or unbleached flour? Thanks!

    • marian
      March 11, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Veronica,
      I use bleached flour.

  25. Dhanashree
    March 11, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Looks awesome! I have a question . Can I use this same recipe for a cake or bundt cake ?

    • marian
      March 11, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Dhanashree,
      I have heard from readers who say it works well as a cake, yes, but I’m not sure about a bundt pan. I should thinks so though. Please let me know how it goes if you try. xo

  26. Kristy
    April 10, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian. I made these tonight and they were delicious. Just one small problem… The top developed a bit of a hard crust. How can this be prevented? Thanks

  27. Lisa Riley
    April 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I tried these cupcakes tonight and they tasted fab 🙂 the only question I have though, is that they didn’t have a nice dome, they were flat and some sank in the middle. Any ideas on why? Thanks 🙂

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  29. Christine
    November 14, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    Im having trouble finding full fat buttermilk! Can low fat be used?

  30. Christine
    November 14, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Oh wow great! Thank you so much!

  31. Dolores
    November 18, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    Flo Braker in THe Baker’s Dozen Cookbook (one of my favorite bakers) says, “We tested more than 20 cakes before choosing this one…”
    She’s speaking of the classic 1-2-3-4 Cake.

    Through your experiments you’ve made it even better by reducing the sugar by 1/3 cup (which I always thought that cake to be too high in sugar) and increased buttermilk to make up the difference.

    Your recipe will be my go to yellow cake from now on!


    • marian
      January 4, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Glad you like it Dolores!

  32. Kamar
    December 17, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian

    Love love love your stuff.
    I realized some cupcake pictures have double liners. Do you bake them with 2 liners or add the second after?

    • marian
      January 4, 2015 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Kamar,

      I add the second one after.

      Happy New Year!

  33. Laura
    December 4, 2015 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Hello Marian,

    do you what type of paper should I use to print the cupcake box?


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