These gorgeous white wedding cupcakes were INSPIRED by the wedding season that’s upon us as well as the royal wedding, which happened a few days ago.
These white cake cupcakes are SOFT and MOIST and that frosting is super creamy.
I have experimented with many wedding cupcakes from cake mix recipes but hands down, this is the BEST white cupcake recipe from scratch.
This White Wedding Cake Cupcakes recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog, with more photographs and information on the decorator tips that were used and which icing recipe is best (Wedding Cupcake Buttercream) and How to Make Wedding Cupcakes.
Go there for all of the answers to your questions about details on what tips were used for the frosting etc.
I’m not usually one to use a boxed cake mix and doctor it up. I’m much more accustomed to using entirely homemade recipes.
But these turn out delicious, moist and fluffy cupcakes- perfect for holding buttercream frosting. It’s crazy, but it’s true!
I know there are many DIY wedding cupcake ideas/ wedding themed cupcakes online and in magazines but this is my SPIN on it and I think they are very ELEGANT and so much cheaper than buying from a bakery.
Also, I have been noticing a new fun and modern trend: Some couples are choosing to set up white cupcake wedding cake towers instead of serving a tiered wedding cake at their weddings. It definitely breaks the traditions but I think it’s so COOL!
Vanilla Almond Cupcakes
- 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) sifted all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt, room temperature1
- 3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk, room temperature2
- 2 egg whites, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
White Chocolate Frosting
- 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled3
- 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream4
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- sprinkles, if desired
- Begin the recipe by melting the white chocolate for the frosting. I always melt pure chocolate by constantly stirring over low heat on the stove. If using a microwave, melt in 15 second increments – stirring after each until chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in the sugar – the mixture will be gritty. Whisk in yogurt, milk, vanilla and almond extracts until combined. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Try very hard to avoid over mixing. Set aside.
- Using a whisk, a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment – beat the egg whites until until thick and foamy, about 3 minutes. See photo at the bottom of this post for a visual of the egg whites. Fold into cupcake batter. The batter will be smooth, velvety, and slightly thick. Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners (or 24 mini) and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake for 12-13 minutes if making mini cupcakes. Allow cupcakes to cool.
- In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Switch the mixer to low speed and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar until combined. Quickly stir the cooled white chocolate with a spoon so that it is smooth and pour into the creamed butter/sugar. Switch the mixer to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes until combined and creamy. Add the cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until combined. I used a Wilton 1M swirl piping tip to pipe the frosting. You may use any piping tip or a knife. Decorate as you please with sprinkles, candies, etc.
- Make ahead tip: Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Frosting can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Decorate/assemble cupcakes immediately before serving. Leftover cupcakes keep well covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3 days. Frosted or unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
- For the yogurt, I always use vanilla flavored low fat Greek yogurt. Fat free yogurt, Greek or regular, vanilla or plain, will all work just fine. Sour cream works as well. Use what you have on hand.
- I love what buttermilk does for the texture and taste of the cupcake. You may use whole milk instead. I prefer the taste of the cupcakes with these milks over lower fat milks.
- Do not use white chocolate morsels in this frosting. Use pure white chocolate, such as Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s brand.
- For the frosting, milk or half-and-half are OK to use instead of heavy cream. However, cream is preferred for creamiest texture.
- Why so many room temperature ingredients? When everything is near the same temperature, they mix together easily, evenly, and produce a uniform texture among the batch.
- Mini cupcakes: For around 32 mini cupcakes, line mini cupcake pans with liners or spray with nonstick spray. Prepare cupcakes and frosting as directed. Bake mini cupcakes for 12-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.