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  • Perfect Yellow Cupcakes {with amazing Chocolate Buttercream}

    filed under: Cupcakes on September 28, 2015

    These Ultimate Yellow Cupcakes paired with an amazing Whipped Chocolate Buttercream are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite flavor of cake!

    The Perfect Yellow Cupcake with a delicious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream! iambaker.net

    Yellow cupcakes should not be this hard!

    This is what I have said to myself many times over the last 3 weeks. I have tested a LOT of cupcake recipes, and none of them seemed to be up to par. They were too much like cornbread, or had no flavor, or had a weird texture, or even just failed to ever rise!

    The Perfect Yellow Cupcake with a delicious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream! iambaker.net

    And yes, even though I have made no less than 37,541 cupcakes in my life, there is nothing quite like the disappointment of opening the oven only to see a sunken mess within.

    Thankfully I did land upon a recipe that was family approved, church lady approved, and best of all… approved by me! (arguably the toughest critic)

    I have paired it with a luscious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream because that is what makes sense in this crazy world.

    Perfect Yellow Cupcakes and Whipped Chocolate Buttercream
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    16 mins
    Total Time
    36 mins

    These Ultimate Yellow Cupcakes paired with an amazing Whipped Chocolate Buttercream are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite flavor of cake!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Perfect Yellow Cupcakes {with amazing Chocolate Buttercream}
    Servings: 24 cupcakes
    Author: Amanda
    Yellow Cupcakes
    • 3/4 c 1 1/2 sticks or 169g unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 c 300g granulated sugar
    • 3 extra-large 3/4 cup, 180g, or 6ounces eggs, room temperature
    • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp. almond extract
    • 1 1/4 c 287g sour cream, room temperature
    • 2 1/2 c 312g cake flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    Chocolate Buttercream
    • 1 1/2 c 340g butter, at room temperature
    • 4 c 500g powdered sugar
    • 3/4 c 94g cocoa powder
    • 4 tbsp. 60ml heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • pinch table salt
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

    3. With mixer on medium-low, add the eggs 1 at a time, allowing them to incorporate before adding next.
    4. With mixer off, add the vanilla, almond extract, and sour cream. Turn mixer on low until incorporated then high for about 1 minute.

    5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift at least 2 times.
    6. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

    7. Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a measuring cup, divide batter into cupcake pans.
    8. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until cupcake springs back when pressed in the center.
    9. Chocolate Buttercream
    10. In a the bowl of an stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk butter and sugar on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy, or about five minutes.

    11. Be sure to stop at least once and scrape the bowl.
    12. With the mixer off, add in cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt.
    13. Turn mixer on low and blend for about 30 seconds.
    14. One tablespoon at a time, add in heavy cream.
    15. Once all cream has been added and mixture is mostly combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.

    16. Now turn the mixer onto medium-high to high and whisk for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is light and
    17. fluffy. The frosting will be shiny and seem to have many large air bubbles throughout and this is exactly what we are going for. (You can smooth those out on the cake if so desired.)

    18. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.
    19. Recipe makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

    Recipe just barely adapted from Sprinkles Cupcakes found on Layers of Happiness. Whipped Chocolate Buttercream found here.

    Tips & Tricks:

    Do not skip in the sifting of the dry ingredients. Lumps are not your friend.

    I know the almond extract is going to be concerning to some folks… but just try the recipe written as is before you decide to leave it out. If you are allergic to nuts you can use Imitation Almond Extract.

    I tried my very hardest to find a recipe that does not use cake flour, but ultimately they just did not hold up as well to my strict criteria. If you cannot buy cake flour you can make it.

    Room temperature ingredients are important here. To quickly get your sour cream and eggs to room temp you can place them in a bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes. (make sure the sour cream container is tightly sealed)

    How to Quickly Get Eggs Up to Room Temperature!

    Once you have added your leavening ingredients and flour is when you want to pay attention to mixing. Not over-mixing this batter is important! If you don’t mind a little elbow grease, you can mix all of the dry ingredients by hand.

    I am not kidding when I tell you that I have tested, re-tested, and then re-re-tested this recipe as well as many others.

    Testing Recipes for the Perfect Yellow Cupcake

    (and this is just one weeks worth!)

    What I like about the winning recipe shared above is the texture, the buttery flavor, and the beautiful little dome these cupcakes achieve.


    The Perfect Yellow Cupcake with a delicious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream! iambaker.net

    If quality matters to you, then this is the time to take your baking seriously. To take the time to find quality ingredients and recipes that are destined to make you succeed. To be rewarded with a beautiful, perfect cupcake after taking the time to bake it with love.

    After all, you can’t be sad when holding the perfect yellow cupcake!

    These tips are perfect, every time!

    BONUS!!! Because I adore you all so much I am going to give you my three TRIED&TESTED tips for perfect cupcakes:

    1. Room temperature ingredients.
    2. Oven Placement- try to make sure pans never touch each other or the sides of the oven
    3. Oven Temperature- try decreasing temperature by 25 degrees after you place cupcakes in oven.

    By doing these things in conjunction with a reliable recipe, you are guaranteed cupcake success!

    Perfect Yellow Cupcakes- This recipe is no-fail!

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    These yellow cupcakes look wonderful. I also have tried many yellow cupcake recipes and was not happy with the outcome. I will be trying these soon. Thanks Amanda.

    I keep thinking you just have a magical way with buttercream (and cake, and everything…) but I see that you are clearly also a very hardworker and meticulous in getting things perfect! How lucky are we that you’re so generous to share with us! I love it!

    So you would preheat the oven to whatever the recipe calls for, but then immediately drop the temperature when they go in the oven, so it is decreasing and the cupcakes spend most of their time baking at 25 degrees lower than originally called for?

    Is there a substitute for sour cream? Something like fresh cream or curd

    Thank you for this! I just want to know the exact amount of batter to fill the cupcake holder before baking?

      It varies! I have done as little as 1/2 of the way up and all the way up to 3/4 of the way up.

    85 gr butter? 1 stick is 110 gr or 1/2 cup and the recipe say 1 and 1/2 sticks

      Also are we referring to the cupcake or frosting recipe? I would like to try out this recipe. Please list cupcake batter XXg of butter and frosting XXg of butter? Thanks. Much appreciated.

      I’m making these cupcakes today, what is the right amount of butter I should use? Please help!

      Thank you.

        The recipe is written correctly. Enjoy your cupcakes! 🙂

      1 1/2 sticks is 3/4 cup
      1 stick of butter is 113 g
      1 stick of butter (113g) PLUS 1/2 stick of butter (56g) = 169g of butter
      Hope that helps.

    These look wonderful!! Are these frosted using ice cream scoop?

    Is Sour Cream absolutely essential? Where I live, it’s hard to come across sour cream, so I was wondering if I could leave it out, or if there was a substitute I could use. 🙂

    Hi ???? Are these better than your yellow cake mix? I made it last week, but it was a little ‘stodgy’. Oh well I might just have to test one more recipe…

    I would like to know if I can use this recipe in 2 8×8 inch pan instead of cupcakes. Thank you.

    Hi! Just found this recipie. I would like to use this recipie for a cake. How long should I cook it for?

    Oh my i really can’tcwait to try this recipe!! Too bad it’s almost 10pm here in the UK and I have an early start tomorrow otgerwise i’d be in the kitchen right now!! I too am a perfectionist and I have tried sooooooooooo many vanilla cupcake recipes that i was starting to think it was impossible to find an amazing one. This one looks great! Thank you. Will be giving it a go very soon!!

    I LOVE using your recipes! Your chocolate buttercream frosting is the BEST frosting I have ever had, and I don’t even like chocolate that much!
    This recipe for the yellow cupcakes I have a question about though. Do you have to use the almond extract? If not should it be replaced with something else and if so, what?
    Thanks 🙂

      You can simply omit it. 🙂

        I made these with an extra tsp of vanilla since I didn’t have almond extract, worked great!

    I’m wondering if you, or anyone else, has tried this as a cake ? Two 9″ pans ?

    I made this buttercream and it is so DELICIOUS!!! Mine was not as dark as yours thought. What brand of cocoa powder do you use? Thank you.

    How far in advance can you make this cupcakes.

    So far this cupcake recipe is the best. I don’t care for cupcakes made with oil, so this is truly the best even though my daughter tells me too much almond extract.
    We’ll see what my co-workers have to say. They’re my guinea pigs.

    Just found this recipe. If I want to halve the recipe and just make 12, can I half everything and use 2 large eggs?

      I would like to do the same!!!! Can I cut in half?? There’s only 2 of us! Thanks

    These were so amazingly light and fluffy., thank you so much for the recipe! You made my daughter very happy on her sixth birthday. 🙂

    Can I use reverse creaming method to make these cupcakes?

    Can you use a mini cupcake pan with this recipe?

    I see that sugar is not sifted in the buttercream, or is it? Wouldnt it be better?

    YIKES – made these exact to recipe and when I pulled them out of the oven they had almost exploded something frothing or bubbling up. Clueless

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