These Ultimate Yellow Cupcakes paired with an amazing Whipped Chocolate Buttercream are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite flavor of cake! I love sharing desserts with you, so after you have saved this recipe be sure to check out my Cheesecake Recipe, Snickerdoodle Recipe, and Cookie Recipes!

Yellow Cupcake Recipe

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! 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.

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

How to Bake Perfect Cupcakes

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.

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

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.

How to Quickly Get Eggs Up to Room Temperature!

Quick Room Temperature Eggs

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)

Testing Recipes for the Perfect Yellow Cupcake

(and this is just one week’s 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!

The Perfect Yellow Cupcake with a delicious Whipped Chocolate Buttercream! iambaker.net
5 from 19 votes

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!

Ingredients

Yellow Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks or 169g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 3 Eggs, (3/4 cup, 180g, or 6ounces) room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (287g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (312g) cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups (500g) powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (94g) cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. (60ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch table salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • With mixer on medium-low, add the eggs 1 at a time, allowing them to incorporate before adding next.
  • With mixer off, add the vanilla, almond extract, and sour cream. Turn mixer on low until incorporated then high for about 1 minute.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift at least 2 times.
  • 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.
  • Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a measuring cup, divide batter into cupcake pans.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes or until cupcake springs back when pressed in the center.
  • Chocolate Buttercream
  • 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.
  • Be sure to stop at least once and scrape the bowl.
  • With the mixer off, add in cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt.
  • Turn mixer on low and blend for about 30 seconds.
  • One tablespoon at a time, add in heavy cream.
  • Once all cream has been added and mixture is mostly combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Now turn the mixer onto medium-high to high and whisk for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is light and
  • 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.)
  • Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.
  • Recipe makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

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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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Reader Comments

  1. Would have to agree with above commenters that the almond extract is much too strong. Will likely omit and/or use vanilla extract instead.

  2. Hi, I had a question before using this recipe, so would I use the self rising cake flour or the flour and what’s the difference?

    1. Hi, Jaden! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Using cake flour does make a difference. Here is a recipe for making your own homemade cake flour to use in the recipe. Have a great day!

  3. Need help troubleshooting! First time I made these they were flat on top which I figured was from over mixing. Second round I mixed less and they were perfection. I made notes of what I did so I made sure I did the same thing next time around. Third and fourth time around I did what I did in the second round but outcome was not good!! On third round I assumed I didn’t mix enough so I mixed a bit more on fourth round but came out almost exactly like third. The cupcakes had a nice dome but not uniformed and not that somewhat smooth domed top. Some of them had cracks, concaved, or holes. Within the same batches I did have some decent ones. I would blame the pan but this was within the same pan as well! I can’t seem to figure this time around what went wrong. BUT the only thing I recall doing different in the first and second round is forgetting to lower the temp to 325 as soon as I put the pans in the oven. I recalled about half way though bake time and then lowered at that time. For third and fourth and I remembered immediately so I lowered temp right after putting trays in the oven. Could that be the issue? Also it’s been crazy humid where I’m at, so can humidity effect baking outcome. Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated. I hate making yellow cupcakes. I always have issues regardless of recipe!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ What is it about yellow from scratch!

  4. I NEVER EVER leave reviews but OMG I am amazed on how good and moist these cupcakes are!! I highly recommend this recipe! I’ve tried so many cupcake recipes trying to find a vanilla/yello cupcake and all of them came out dry but this cupcake omg so moist! I’m glad I didn’t give up and kept searching ☺️

  5. Turns out that if you take a bowl of liquid and turn the mixer in high for a minute, you get cake batter all over the kitchen! Cover with a tea towel first…

  6. Have you ever tried adding mini chocolate chips to batter? Was wondering if the batter is thick enough to suspend choc chips? Maybe coat them in flour as well?

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