Monday, August 8, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Posted by: Maggie

I kind of wish I never made this recipe...

Now that I know how easy it is to make two perfect little cupcakes, I'm concerned that I'll do it way too often. Since there is no waiting for the butter to soften, these cakes were mixed up and baked in a matter of 20 minutes. Amazing. And addicting.

I topped these with cream cheese frosting since I had a little bit of cream cheese leftover from the blueberry lemon cheesecake bars, but you can use whatever you want. Even canned frosting...your secret is safe with me!

Here's what you'll need:

For the cupcakes...

1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your muffin tin with two liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white and sugar until thoroughly combined. Whisk in butter and vanilla until fully incorporated. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until completely incorporated. Stir in milk.

Divide the batter between the two liners, and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cake is set. (Note: The original recipe said to bake for 10-12 minutes, but mine took 16. You may want to keep an eye on things starting around 10 minutes just in case my oven was running cool or something.)

Let cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

2 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/4 block)
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until fully incorporated and creamy. Color with gel food color if desired.


Source: How Sweet It Is (cupcakes)
Muh Brain (frosting)


  1. They look so pretty! Too pretty to eat but I know they taste as they look, Delish!

  2. Such pretty cupcakes, that blue frosting is gorgeous!

  3. I would do these for fourth of july just how you have them, adorable!

  4. Michelle - the liners are actually hot pink in person, but now that you mention it they look kind of patriotic in this pic!

  5. Wow, I didn't know a post could be evil and awesome at the same time! I'm going to have to be careful about this one!

  6. the definitely look very addictive! :)

  7. Dr. Seuss cupcakes! They look like thing #1 & thing #2

  8. I dont think ive seen prettier decorated cupcakes in all my years! These are just SO freakin cute!!! really absolutely gorgeous :)

  9. What are the white sprinkle things called?? So darn cute! :)

  10. @ Melvisser - They're by CK Products, and are called candy beads. I don't remember where I got them from...probably Michaels or Bake It Pretty? They should be available on CK Products' website too!

  11. These cupcakes look great! I love the color of the icing against the color of the cup. Where do you get those adorable little white ball things? They add such a layer of fun to the cupcake.

  12. Omg, What a great idea!! I LOVE baking but hardly ever bake because it's just my mum & I in the house so I don't want to end up with a dozen cupcakes! Pinching this recipe so thanks for sharing :D

  13. Hi, I just found your site and scrolled through the Dessert section and I want to eat everything! EVERYTHING!

    I never dreamed that a 2-cupcake recipe existed until now. Thanks for enabling me to eat cupcakes alll the time!

  14. just out of curiosity.. what icing tip did you use for your swirl?

  15. Hi Anoymous! I used the giant french tip from Bake it Pretty. It's my absolute favorite - people always compliment me on how the frosting looks when I use it :)

  16. Lauren aka anonymousOctober 18, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    thank you so much! i will definitely be adding this tip to my collection!

  17. Hi I love your blog! I am an artist and would love to paint this cupcake would you have any objection? Regards, Helen.

  18. hi helen - as long as it's for personal use only and not for sale/commercial use, that's fine.


  19. I just made them and they are delish!!! I used 1 tablespoon of milk and 1/2 a tablespoon of coconut water. I also added a handful of choc chips. mine took 14 min to bake. they are super light, fluffy and moist!

  20. oh! and for some reason my batch made 3!

  21. Wow you did a really good job! I tried to make these and instead I made burnt blue cupcake crispies! I hope you don't mind but I used your image on my blog, but not without a link to your page! Wow those are really pretty!


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