Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Homemade moist vanilla cupcakes with sweet buttercream, swirled with two colors. A festive treat for St Patrick’s Day or any occasion!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting  Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

There’s just something extra fun about a colorful cupcake or cake. Cupcakes makes me smile. But a fun, and most of all tasty, cupcake is even better. I’ve always had a thing for cupcakes. They make life easier. Handheld desserts are more convenient, and of course cuter. There’s no slicing involved and you can be as generous as you desire when it comes to frosting. Jane can have a little and Jack can have a lot. One can have chocolate and the other vanilla. Everyone is happy.

I’ve partnered with McCormick to bring you some fun and colorful creations. With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, it made sense to share a fun and totally festive cupcake, perfect for the occasion.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting  Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

These cupcakes are inspired by McCormick’s green velvet cupcakes. But, instead of a traditional tinted chocolate cupcake, I opted for a green vanilla cupcake. I also turned them into a nice small batch, creating a perfect batch of seven. Yup, lucky number seven, perfect for St Patrick’s Day. It just so happens to have been my favorite number growing up.

Moist and festive vanilla cupcakes topped off with a creamy vanilla buttercream, swirled in two colors. If one color is fun, two is even better. And the possibilities are endless!

Definitely a must make for St Patrick’s day, or any occasion!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting  Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Yield: Makes 7 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Homemade moist vanilla cupcakes with sweet buttercream, swirled with two colors. A festive treat for St Patrick's Day or any occasion!

Ingredients:

Cake:
1/4C unsalted butter, softened
1/2C granulated sugar
2 egg whites
3/4 tsp McCormick pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1C cake flour
6 Tbsp milk
16 drops McCormick green food color
1 drop McCormick blue food color

Frosting:
1/2C unsalted butter
4C powdered sugar
3/4 tsp McCormick Vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp water
14 drops McCormick green food color
1 drop McCormick blue food color

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a muffin pan with 7 liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter. Mix in sugar, followed by egg whites and vanilla. Add salt, baking powder and cake flour. Slowly add milk, mixing until the batter is smooth. Finally, add food coloring, mixing well until no streaks remain. Using a large cookie scoop, add one scoop to each prepared liner, roughly 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cupcakes are domed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Prepare frosting in a large bowl or stand mixer. Cream butter until fluffy, mix in powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 Tbsp water at a time until desired consistency is reached. Divide frosting in half. Tint half of the frosting with food coloring. Add each frosting color to one pastry bag fit with a piping tip, carefully placing each color next to each other. Pipe cupcakes. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Alternately cupcakes may be swirled by hand, if a piping bag is unavailable, using a spoon or knife.

Alternately, white box cake mix and jar frosting may be used with the following amounts:
-for the cake 1/2 tsp green and 4 drops blue McCormick food coloring
-for the frosting, tint half of the jar with 1 tsp green and 4 drops blue McCormick food coloring

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick. I was compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
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16 Responses to “Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting”

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 7, 2014 at 7:17 am

    This is the perfect frosting for st.Patricks day. It look super fluffy!I love that the green is nice and soft not too darK!

    • Rachel — March 7th, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      Thanks so much Layla! :)

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — March 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Aw these are adorable – it makes me want to hold a St. Patrick’s Day party!

    • Rachel — March 7th, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      You should!! :) And thank you.

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    There are so many things to like about these cupcakes! First I love that minty green color from the McCormick food coloring. Second I love that they are vanilla instead of chocolate. Finally, third I really love the two toned frosting and how high it is piled up! My sweet tooth thanks you for making this a small batch so that I don’t eat 12 cupcakes!

    • Rachel — March 7th, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

      We’re totally on the same page :) I’m glad you approve!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Love love love your frosting – it’s so pretty!!

    • Rachel — March 7th, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

      Thanks so much Angelyn :)

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    What Jessica Baked Next... — March 8, 2014 at 9:29 am

    These are super cute! Perfect for St Patrick’s Day :)

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    dina — March 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    i love the color. they look great!

    • Rachel — March 10th, 2014 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Dina :)

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    Barbara. Shewbridge — March 10, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Enjoy all your receipts. What tip do you use for your frosting for cupcakes?

    • Rachel — March 10th, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      Thanks Barbara. I used a French tip for these cupcakes.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Oh these are too fun :) I bet they taste perfect too!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — March 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    These are adorable, and so customizable. I love it.

    • Rachel — March 23rd, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

      Thanks Renee!

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