Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes

Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes - the prettiest little cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting!

When I first started brainstorming names for this blog, the first thing that popped into my head was “Pretty Little Cupcake”. After all, I love cupcakes because they are relatively easy to make but are always an impressive treat. While I loved the name, I didn’t want people to expect that I was only a cupcake blogger, so I went with Spoonful of Flavor instead. And I’m glad that I did, because now I can share with you a wide assortment of my favorite recipes. Today, I’m sharing these whipped vanilla cupcakes which are a lighter and more delicate alternative to the standard vanilla cupcake.

Not only are they pretty but they are also the perfect little cupcake. It is like a cloud of frosting sitting atop a delicate pillow of cake. Adding whipped cream to the cupcake batter results in a light and airy cupcake. Sometimes frosting can be too sweet or heavy. This frosting is light with a subtle hint of sweetness. Brad declared the frosting the best that I have ever made. I took that as a huge compliment because he isn’t a big fan of cupcakes or frosting. But he loved these cupcakes.

This recipe is adapted from Sweetapolita. She is the queen of cupcakes and cakes. All of her recipes comes out perfect and the flavors are incredible. I always head over to her blog when I am looking for an exceptional cupcake recipe.

Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes - the prettiest little cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting! Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes - the prettiest little cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting!

Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes - the prettiest little cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting! Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes - the prettiest little cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting!

These whipped vanilla cupcakes are perfect for when you want something impressive, but don’t want to make a standard vanilla cupcake. Go head, indulge and start the week off with a pretty little cupcake!

Yields about 24 standard cupcakes

Whipped Vanilla Cupcakes
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  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 whole egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • For the frosting:
  • 3 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles, optional


  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a glass measuring cup, whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla and almond extract.
  3. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 5 minutes. Alternate additions of the flour mixture and liquid mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture (3 dry additions, 2 wet), beating after each addition until incorporated. Continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Chill a clean stainless mixer bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Return bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and then whisk the heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form (This is where a hand mixer comes in handy, or you can transfer the batter to a second bowl, wash the bowl and then whisk the cream in your stand mixer). Fold whipped cream into the cake batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among cupcake liners (about 2/3 full) and bake until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs, about 16-18 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on wire racks. Repeat with second muffin pan.
  6. To prepare the frosting, chill a stainless mixer bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Whisk the heavy cream in the bowl attached to the stand mixer on medium-high speed until the cream begins to thicken. Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and continue whisking until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and whisk until the frosting becomes stiff, but be careful not to over-beat or the frosting will become grainy. Pipe as desired onto each cupcake. Garnish with sprinkles as desired.

Source: cupcake and frosting adapted from Sweetapolita


  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Hurray for more pink! You’re the queen of pink and adorable Valentine props Ashley. These cupcakes look like perfection!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Natalie! I know I went a little crazy this year with the pink Valentine treats, but I just couldn’t resist.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelli! It’s kind of funny, because I never really do much for Valentine’s Day, but I love any excuse to make a fun recipe.

  2. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Ashley, these just look scrumptious! I wish I could swipe my finger into that fluffy whipped frosting. 😀

    • Ashley

      Oh, I know, the frosting is amazing, Cindy! When I posted these I kind of wish I still had one. But at that point they were already eaten.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Emily!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Cheryl!

    • Ashley

      Yes, the frosting is so light and creamy! Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Stephanie! The frosting is the best part 🙂

  3. Ashley

    I love how fluffy that frosting looks! And these are just screaming my name – I am a vanilla girl all the way when it comes to cake. And I LOVE when vanilla batter has a little bit of almond extract in it! And those sparkly hearts – I need some of those in my life – adorable!

    • Ashley

      You know, as much as I love chocolate, I really love vanilla cake. And these cupcakes really are the perfect vanilla flavor!

  4. Sues

    These are sooo pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day!! 🙂

  5. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Yum Ashley! I love how sweet, innocent, tasty and pink these are! So cute and they look delicious too!

  6. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I always prefer my frosting to be light and only slightly sweet! Otherwise, I’ll usually wipe off the heavy sugary stuff with a napkin :X
    I love how I can see how airy and fluffy your frosting is. Looks amazing.

  7. Kelly

    I love vanilla cupcakes too and these look perfect Ashley! I love how high you piped the frosting – it looks so pretty with the glittery heart and pink sprinkles! The frosting sounds amazing – so light and creamy 🙂

  8. Joanne

    Is it weird that I want to lick that frosting right off the top?! I am such a frosting person.

    But I’m also down with good cake. And this looks GOOD. Love all your V-Day food props!!

    • Ashley

      No, not at all 🙂 I really love the frosting on these cupcakes!

  9. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    We must be thinking alike. I added vanilla bean cupcakes to the blog yesterday. I love vanilla lately. These look perfect!

  10. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    So adorable! And I loveeee Sweetapolita her blog is oodles of cute (yes I said oodles!). I just did a Valentine’s Day roundup – wish I had seen this before!

  11. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    These are so pretty, Ashley! Pinned. Thanks for sharing these tasty cupcakes. 🙂

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Awwwhhh these vanilla cupcakes look precious, and I’m sure they are delish as well! Also, gorgeous shots, my friend! I’m in awe : )

  13. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    Hehe “Pretty Little Cupcake”… l like the sound of that too ;). I don’t think cupcakes are as easy to make as you say they are. You have true talent! I can make the cake part but the frosting or icing is where I fail…miserably. Yours always look so pretty! Yum…I wish we were neighbors. I love all your baked treats 😉

    • Ashley

      I wish we were neighbors too, Min! Then we both could share our favorite dishes 🙂

  14. marcie

    I love these gorgeous cupcakes, Ashley! That fluffy cloud of whipped vanilla cream looks amazing — I just love a great classic vanilla cupcake. YUM!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ashley!

  15. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant

    I’m always looking for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe. These look so fluffy and delicious!

  16. Amanda

    Do these need to be stored in the refrigerator?

    • Ashley

      I highly recommend serving them immediately. But if not then, yes, they do need to be stored in the refrigerator.

      • Amanda

        i kinda thought so just wanted to make sure, Thank you!!

  17. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These are just so beautiful!! A great vanilla cupcake recipe is a MUST in every kitchen. I love Rosie’s recipes too and have made this one several times. So fluffy, moist and just amazing!! That mound of frosting is dangerous…I will just eat the whole bowl.

  18. Natashalh

    Cute! I’ve been on a huge baking kick this week and have already made up two different types of frosting. I haven’t made any with cream, though – maybe it should be my next batch!

    • Ashley

      Yes, you should definitely try this one, Natashalh!

  19. Alex

    These look perfect! I’d love to try this frosting! How do your sprinkles look so perfect?!

    • Ashley

      I hope that you try it, Alex! The sprinkles are a very delicate process where I actually place each one on individually. Its not practical for every day, but it results in pretty pictures 🙂

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  21. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    I so love your tasty sweet treats Ashley! Thanks for sharing this with us at our Marvelous Monday Party! Pinning!

  22. Katherine

    Just made these today for my 52 Weeks of Cupcakes post tomorrow and oh my I’m in heaven! These were amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Ashley

      I’m so glad that you loved them, Katherine! They are really heavenly.

  23. kelsie

    For the frosting is that 10x sugar or regular sugar? Thanks! Can’t wait to try these! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Hi Kelsie! The recipe calls for regular (granulated) sugar.

  24. Kelly

    Making these for my daughter’s 2nd birthday tomorrow! Would it affect the consistency of the frosting if I added more sugar?

    • Ashley

      Hi Kelly, I recommend following the recipe. Depending on how much more sugar you add, it could affect the fluffiness of the frosting.

      • Kelly

        Thanks! 🙂 Just finished the batter for the cupcakes and that is the most beautiful batter I have ever seen. Can’t wait to eat them!

  25. amanda hao

    These are by far the best vanilla cupcakes ever! Not too sweet and so moist! The vanilla and whipped cream combo reminds me a lot of how the asian bakeries make their cakes. I topped the whipped cream with fresh strawberries and blueberries for memorial day and plan to make them again for july 4th! Can you tell me what I should do differently if I were to make a cake with this recipe? It’s so good! Any alterations and suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you.

    • Ashley

      Hi Amanda! I am so glad to hear that you loved the cupcakes. They are definitely a favorite of mine too. This recipe works best as cupcakes so I don’t have any recommendations for making a cake with this recipe. I’m not sure the frosting would maintain the same consistency if you frosted a cake with it. But, please let me know how it works out if you decide to try it!

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