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5 from 8 votes

A beautiful classic cupcake with a fun twist!
Servings: 28 cupcakes
Author: Movita Beaucoup


  • Recipe for the cupcakes:
  • 3 cups cake flour divided into 1 cup measurements
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups of vanilla sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Recipe for the icing:
  • 1 cup of butter or you can use shortening
  • 4 cups of confectioner's sugar icing sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • Black gel food colouring adjust to desired shade you want


  • Instructions for the cupcakes:
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. (F)
  • Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • In a small bowl whisk together 1 cup of the flour, the vanilla salt and the baking powder. Set aside.
  • Using your stand mixer on medium speed, combine your butter and sugar until fluffy. (about 3 to 5 minutes)
  • Add milk, hot water, 1 cup of flour, and 1 egg. Mix on medium speed until combined then scrape sides.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and 1 egg, mix again until well combined. Scrape sides.
  • Now add the flour/vanilla salt/baking powder mixture to the mixer and 1 remaining egg. Mix on medium until well combined. Scrape sides.
  • Add the vanilla and mix again until well combined.
  • Now fill each cupcake liner so it's about ⅔ or ¾ full. Tap on the counter. Place in your preheated oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. Or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Instructions for the buttercream icing:
  • In your stand mixer cream the butter until it's fluffy.
  • Add 2 cups of the confectioner's sugar and mix. Start slow so you don't make a mess.
  • Once well combined add the other 2 cups of confectioner's sugar and mix well.
  • If mixture is too thick and mixer struggles add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream now, but remember to subtract that later.
  • Add the vanilla salt, vanilla and heavy cream and beat until fluffy.
  • Add your black food colouring now and mix on slow to combine.
  • If you need to adjust add a small amount of either cream or confectioner's sugar until the consistency is just right.
  • Place in a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.
  • Serve with a big old blueish smile!