White Cupcakes are a delicious treat with a moist, fine crumb and a dense texture, making them ideal for a special occasion! They are perfect for frosting and decorating to fit your celebration or event, but also good enough to enjoy the cupcake itself! If you are looking for more Cupcakes, I have you covered!

White Cupcake with Wrapper Removed Showing Texture of Cupcake and Covered in Vanilla Frosting.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Flour: I used cake flour in this recipe. Cake flour is very low in protein (about 6-8 percent) when compared to all-purpose flour (10-12 percent). Used in these cupcakes, it results in delicate, fine-crumbed cupcakes. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own!

Butter: Use room-temperature unsalted butter. If using salted butter, you may want to lessen or omit the salt in the recipe.

Extracts: Both vanilla and almond extract are added to the muffin batter. If you have a nut allergy, you could substitute vanilla for almond extract. Or, you can also use Imitation Almond Extract which is typically not made with almonds. Be sure to check the ingredients. If you just don’t like the flavor, the cupcakes do not taste almondy. It simply adds a freshness, a refined elegance, to the overall flavor.

Eggs: You will need only egg whites in this recipe. This gives you a lighter and fluffier cupcake. Try to separate them from the yolks as best as you can. To separate the egg white from the yolk, simply crack the egg over a slotted spoon that is over a bowl. Let the egg whites fall through the slots in the spoon. Don’t throw away the yolks! Beat them and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days to use in other recipes like my Browned Butter Toffee Cookies.

Milk: Whole milk is my preferred milk to use. However, you could use lower-fat milk if that is all you have on hand.

White Cupcakes on a Counter Spread Out and Some on Their Sides.

How to Store Cupcakes

To store cupcakes, first, let them cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. I do not recommend storing these cupcakes in the refrigerator; they will dry out faster.

White Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting on a White Counter.

Can I Freeze Cupcakes?

Yes! In fact, freezing cupcakes is a great way to preserve their freshness. To freeze cupcakes, let them cool completely. Then, store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2-3 months. When ready to frost or enjoy, let them thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Cupcake with Wrapper Removed Also Bite Removed Showing Inside Texture.

Best Frosting for White Cupcakes

That is a loaded statement because it will absolutely vary based on your preferences!! These cupcakes are pictures with my American Buttercream, but here are a few more ideas!

White Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting on a White Counter.
4.92 from 12 votes

Elegant White Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
cooling 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
These delicious cupcakes have a fine crumb and a dense texture, making them ideal for a special occasion!


  • 2 ¾ cups (275 g) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups (500 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 cup (225 g) milk, room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin tins with liners. (This recipe yields 23 cupcakes.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer on the lowest speed, carefully add in egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer still on low, add ⅓ of the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then half the milk, another third of the flour mixture, the remaining milk, and then the remaining flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop or a ¼ measuring cup, fill each lined muffin cup with the batter.
  • Bake for 21-23 minutes, or just until the cupcakes start to brown at the edges and the center springs back when touched.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about five minutes. Then, invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.


This recipe has been tested and updated as of 4/18/2023. 

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


My son has a birthday coming up and you better believe I will be making these for him! These might just be the PERFECT white cupcakes!


No frosting was needed for these soft and flavorful cupcakes! They were moist and delicate and would be the perfect treat to share at a party or celebration! These are versatile enough to add your favorite frosting.


This has such a lovely, sweet flavor! It was soft and moist, just how cupcakes should be. The cupcake still tastes great without frosting.

A soft, tender, flavorful cupcake! I meant to eat just half! Oops!! Would be delicious with your favorite chocolate, lemon, or even an orange frosting! Love!!!


These are the perfect white cupcake. The texture is soft and lovely. The hint of almond is just perfect. So delicious!

Elegant White Cupcake!
Elegant White Cupcake!
Elegant White Cupcake!

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Reader Comments

  1. I consistently make these for birthday parties- they are absolutely wonderful EVERY SINGLE TIME. This time we made them in a slightly large cupcake liner and baked just a bit longer, they were sooooo good!

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