Almond Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Happy Birthday Rachel!

(Well, belated Happy Birthday as far as the blog is concerned)

almond cupcake vanilla buttercream frosting

Rachel’s birthday was Friday, but we celebrated all weekend long. We’re still recovering from the sugar overload. Aside from these Almond Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream, we also made Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats (recipe coming Thursday!). The cupcakes are long gone and there is only one rice crispy treat left. Which Rachel has claimed for breakfast tomorrow.

almond cupcake vanilla buttercream frosting

Rachel tells me, as I write this, that she isn’t really a cupcake kind of girl. But that these cupcakes were the best thing since Velveeta met mac and cheese…I gave her a silly look at that comment, but there’s truth in it. How good were they? Let’s just say she had one for breakfast and three for dessert the day I made them.

almond cupcake vanilla buttercream frosting

Here’s to another Happy Birthday over, and many more to look forward to! :)

Recipe: Almond Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
  2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and almond extract.
  3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Scoop batter to lined cupcake trays.
  4. Bake cupcakes for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and rotate cupcakes. Bake additional 8 minutes until light golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool on a wire rack before frosting.

Cooking time: 18 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Recipe: Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine butter, sugar and salt. Beat till blended.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

Number of servings (yield): 12


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