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Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes

One of my dear friends is expecting TWINS! Yes, you heard me: a boy and a girl TWINS.  She is due in October. I volunteered to bake her cupcakes although I was pretty apprehensive about first, which flavor that she’d like, and the second, the transportation (she lives about two hours away from me). She loves Winnie the Pooh so I thought about making her honey cupcakes, but I was also apprehensive since she is pretty selective in her flavors. I asked her husband about honey cupcakes, and he sounded hesitated, so I thought that I’d just go with the safe route of yellow buttermilk cupcakes. Who can resist these traditional yellow cupcakes?

But here’s a confession: I actually haven’t made a yellow cake from scratch before. Growing up, my dad’s second favorite cake flavor was yellow, after chocolate. He loves chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, or yellow cake with chocolate frosting. So this is a cake that I was pretty familiar with; so you’d think that I would have made one from scratch by now. The all purpose flour provides a nice crumb, while the cake flour lends a delicate balance to the texture. They turned out successfully: the cupcakes rose nicely and I liked the buttery flavor. I also went “safe” with the frosting, and used this Fluffy Vanilla Frosting, and tinted them slightly with yellow coloring. To frost all of the cupcakes, I used 1.5 batches of frosting, but as you can see from my pictures, I put a pretty generous amount of frosting on each cupcake. Since these cupcakes remind of the type that I ate growing up, I am submitting this recipe as the August’s recipe for our bake-along group, with the theme “Bake something to remind you of your favorite place.” Check out Joanna’s blog for the rest of the group’s submission!

3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
5 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, room temperature
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium.

Add whole eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add yolks, and beat until thoroughly combined.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beating until combined after each. Beat in vanilla.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely.

Yield: 36 cupcakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes


15 Responses to “Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Choc Chip Uru — August 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

    You are so sweet to your friend, a HUGE CONGRATS TO HER :D
    These cupcakes are absolutely perfect!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    You’re a wonderful friend! I would be thrilled to receive these cupcakes.

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    Kristy — August 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    These are absolutely my favorite kind of cupcakes! So cute too!!

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    kitchenriffs — August 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Wow, twins?! How cool. And so nice to bake these cupcakes. They turned out really well! Love the decorations – really fun.

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    yummychunklet — August 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Congrats to your friend! And what cute honeybee cupcakes you made!

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    mjskit — August 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

    What a nice friend you are! Congratulation to her on twins! I’m sure it came as a shock at first. Lovely cupcakes! Of course being a frosting person, just give me a bowl of that. :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 30, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I wish I can bake these cute cupcakes to my friends for any kind of celebration! I’ve never done that before. Your buttermilk cupcakes are so pretty… :) Congrats to your friend!

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    Erin — August 31, 2012 at 7:45 am

    So cute! Love the little honeybees! :)

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    Parsley Sage — August 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Whoa! Double the fun :) Congrats to your bud and congrats to you for making these gorgeous cupcakes! Simple ADORE the bees

  10. #
    Amanda@chewtown — September 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

    They look so perfect! I am loving their bright sunshiny-ness.

  11. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Congrats to your friend! these cupcakes turned out perfect – I could go for one right now!

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    Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures — September 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I just found out one of my best friends is expecting twins! Congrats to your friend :)

    Your cupcakes look beautiful and I love the little honey bees on top. Did you make the bees yourself?

    • Yudith — September 5th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

      No, I bought these off Amazon :)

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    Raymund — September 2, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Congratulations to your friend, and that cupcakes are so cute :)

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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — September 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations to your friend!!! How exciting to be expecting twins! As soon as I saw these cupcakes I thought they reminded me of a little beehive from Winnie the Pooh!! They must have been a real hit!

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