Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla-Almond Buttercream Frosting

It’s always an exciting day when cupcakes are involved!

Especially homemade, classic vanilla ones with a hefty helping of vanilla-almond buttercream frosting on top!

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Sometimes I have cake duty in the family– or cupcake duty. These are for a birthday party for my nieces! You really can’t go wrong with vanilla cupcakes.

And, yes, if I love you I will bake for you. I’ve never heard anyone complain about that so far!

And speaking of love, Valentine’s Day is around the corner (wink, wink). I’m sure a loved one wouldn’t mind a few of these! Homemade treats are some of the best gifts.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla-Almond Buttercream Frosting
Make 28 cupcakes

Ingredients for Cake:

3 c. cake flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1 1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Directions for Cake:

– Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pans.
– Mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda and set aside.
– Cream butter and sugar with electric mix on high speed until fluffy.
– Add flour mixture, milk, vanilla and eggs, mixing until well blended and scraping bowl as needed.
– Beat for two more minutes then fill cupcake pans evenly.
– Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
– Let cool a couple minutes and remove from pan.

Ingredients for Frosting:

1 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
5 T. milk

Directions for Frosting:

– Cream butter.
– Add powdered sugar and cream.
– Add vanilla, almond, and milk.
– Mix well, scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
– Frost cupcakes when completely cooled.