Yellow Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttercream

imageI love baking all sorts of unique recipes, especially with cupcakes! However, most of my family enjoy boring, original flavors. So I have officially given in and made one of their favorites. Yellow cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream. This is a very simple recipe and makes roughly 12 cupcakes.
Yellow Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt with 1/2 tsp of baking soda)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line your muffin pan with cupcake papers.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder,and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add butter, sour cream, egg, egg yolks, and vanilla together in a mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the dry mixture and beat until smooth.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix completely by hand until no flour pockets remain and your batter is smooth.  Batter will be thick.
  6. Divide batter evenly among cups of muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Chocolate Buttercream
I love chocolate, but I don’t typically like chocolate frosting, cake or ice cream.  However, this is the kind of frosting you eat with a spoon.  I got the recipe from the back of the Hershey’s cocoa powder.  It was simple to put together and turned out creamy and delicious.  It’s almost a dark chocolate flavor.  I might be a chocolate buttercream lover yet!
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder.
  3. Transfer to your mixing bowl and alternately add powdered sugar and milk.
  4. Beat on medium speed
  5. Add vanilla last.  You may need a little extra milk to reach your desired consistency.

1234044_10153171493095290_1698778156_nYou should try these cupcakes, even if it is to just try the buttercream 🙂


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