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Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes

Light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcakes perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

In The Beginning

Before the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes and long before the Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes, I made a classic and familiar favorite. That favorite is Vanilla.

Some folks can attest I have said, ” I don’t do vanilla.”

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

I initially hesitated to share this recipe. Not because I wanted to keep it a secret or anything. I just felt vanilla was a little too boring and mainstream for the Cupcakeasaurus Cupcaking Community. I felt under-inspired. Then I remembered that so many cupcake recipes start with a base and then creativity can add new ingredients and flavors. To build, first, you need a foundation. Vanilla cupcakes can be your foundation.

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New Year, New You

I keep hearing this “New Year, New You” mantra. I can’t get over how every new year brings this feeling of starting fresh and new. For many, this mantra is just a sales advertisement for a new weight loss program or fitness membership.  Not for me. In all honesty, I love it. I love creating a lengthy list of year-long goals.  I even have Captain Cupcakeasaurus and Little Cakeasaurus Rex create a list of their goals too. Maybe I just like being able to scratch them off as we accomplish them.

Around June, we look back at our list and reevaluate. Some goals we smash without hesitation. Some of them we abandon without regret. Others change as our lives and interests change.  As seen in A Letter to My Past Self, so many life changes can happen in a year. Our goals need to adjust accordingly.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Perhaps, look at these vanilla cupcakes as a clean slate.  You can start with something fresh and simple and then make it your own. Life may throw any number of fun ingredients at you this year.

Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes

You can rarely go wrong with vanilla cupcakes. Even the most sophisticated of tastes, can appreciate a light and fluffy white vanilla cake.

There is something to be said for being a classic.

If you are adding this recipe to your list of foundation recipes (which you should be) make sure to grab my free baking conversion cheat sheet. Hanging this baby in the cabinet has been a lifesaver when trying to convert and reduce recipes.

Free Baking Conversion Cheat Sheet

Vanilla Crisis

With the Vanilla Crisis, I wonder how long vanilla will maintain classic status. Vanilla Crisis? Some of you may be happily using imitation vanilla extract and have not noticed.

The rest of you purchasing pure vanilla extract I’m sure have noticed the dramatic hike in prices. This crisis is due to a cyclone that passed through Madagascar wiping out many of the vanilla crops. You can learn more about how this vanilla shortage has affected bakeries, businesses and you on Eater.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Changing Up Vanilla

These days, I am often doctoring my own recipes to fit a new flavor combination or decorate the cupcakes up for a particular holiday.  I sometimes forget that we all have to start with the basics.  Still one of the most requested flavors of cupcakes; everyone should have a “go to” vanilla cupcake recipe in their collection.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

These soft white vanilla cupcakes are perfect for filling with edible blood for Vampire Bite cupcakes like I did in Halloween Spooktacular Disaster. It is also perfect for filling with cream, chocolate or preserves for a festive holiday treat. A fresh fruit filling can add pizazz to any treat or occasion.

I hope that you will find this recipe to satisfy your vanilla cupcake tastes but also inspire you to create something unique and different.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

 Let Me Know

Are you a fan of vanilla? Have you noticed the hike in vanilla prices? Will the hike in prices change your baking habits? What are you planning on adding to your vanilla cupcakes to make them less… vanilla? What fun flavors would you like to see me explore?

Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcake perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcake perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until frothy.
  2. Add granulated sugar to the egg whites. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Once the egg white mixture has formed stiff peaks, add in oil and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add a third of the flour mixture to the egg white mixture. Then add in half of the Greek yogrut.
  6. Alternate additions of the dry ingredients with the Greek yogurt until last third of flour mixture is added. Mix on medium speed until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  7. Fold in white vinegar and vanilla extra with a spatula. Incorporate throughout batter but do not over mix.
  8. Fill lined cupcake tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake another 10 min. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake will come out clean.
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White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and we are all plum full of turkey and fixings, it is time to turn toward Christmas. Maybe it is being one of the few Christmases I’ve ever spent away from home, or maybe it is the still 90 degree heat here in Florida, but I have been craving the Christmas season like no body’s business. I love seeing the stores decorate with lights and ribbons. Well, I am an ADD kid, I’m always going to love sparkly lights no matter the reason.

As soon as we returned home from our family travels this year, I had Captain Cupcakeasaurus pulling down the tree and decorations from the attic. So my little four foot prelit tree is up and shining. It was fun deciding which ornaments made it on the tree this year. This is the first Christmas Captain and I have decorated and celebrated together. Last year we were still living 600 miles apart.

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Little Cupcakeasaurus Rex also got in the spirit  by hanging up his chocolate advent calendar. Aldi had a cute one available that lets him pull out a small milk chocolate each day counting down to Christmas.

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To really make the house festive I had to whip up some thematic cupcakes. I may not see a white Christmas this year but that is okay because these White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes make it feel like a white Christmas regardless.

Everything about these cupcakes are white. A white vanilla batter with sour cream for extra whiteness. Then a delicious white chocolate Lindor truffle is placed inside of each one. Top with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting and you’ve got yourself the perfect White Chocolate Christmas cupcake.

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I have to share something a bit embarrassing but supremely funny with you guys. When Little Cupcakeasaurus Rex tried one of these Cupcakes he was surprised, naturally, by the truffle inside. I then tried to explain to him what a truffle was and relate it to something he knew. He says, “Oh, truffles are those things that help your uterus calm down!”White_Chocolate_Christmas_Cupcakes

I often enjoy the milk chocolate truffles during a certain time of month and apparently even the six-year-old has picked up on it. I suppose I’m training him right because knowing a woman’s favorite chocolate can certainly get him out of all kinds of trouble in the future.

 

Some of our recent cupcakes have had some extra steps that made them a bit more difficult than your average cupcake recipe. This one is not one of those. It is super easy especially if you have everything on hand. I wanted these cupcakes to be as pure white as possible. I was really going for full on snowy Winter Wonderland effect here. 

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So I even used my colorless vanilla extract by Wilton in order to ensure the cakes turned out as white as possible. It is also important to make sure to fold in those egg whites towards the end. You want a nice light and fluffy batter. If it is over worked, your cake will be more dense rather than light and airy.

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One of the best parts about these cupcakes are the freaking melt in your mouth Lindt Lindor truffles that just take this cake over the top. Truffles are delicate and melt easily so this is definitely not one of those things you want to try and bake inside the cupcake.

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But while the cupcakes are still hot just take some kitchen shears and cut down into the cake about a half an inch. Make another cut crossing your first and it can look like a plus sign or an X which ever you prefer. Then just nestle one of your truffle babies right down inside and press a little bit to get it in there nice and tight. I would love to see what these cupcakes would look like with a chocolate or caramel truffle in them as well. Mmmmmm.

 

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The White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect pairing with this cake. It is thick and chocolate-y and the cream cheese adds that refreshing flavor. This would also be a great frosting for decorating a Santa beard or adding snowballs to other decorating endeavors.

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Now, like I said, I was going for a pure white Winter Wonderland feel. So I wanted my icing to be as pure white as possible and really almost glisten like snow dunes do beneath the moon light. I sprayed a light coating of silver Color Mist food spray over the frosting to really make the icing shine and it  resembles the lights reflecting off  icy snow.

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And because these cupcakes are so pale in complexion, you can decorate with almost any color and really make them pop. These would look amazing on a bright red serving platter or even done up as gifts on colorful plates. The possibilities are endless. As an extra little texture to the top, I added a little shaved white chocolate which gives a nice preview of the tastes inside.

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What are some images that immediately come to mind for you when you think about Christmas and this time of year? Do you think of a Winter Wonderland or hot peppermint cocoa? Do you imagine blues and silvers or is everything in red and green? We all have those memories, whether from sights or tastes, that take us back to the childhood excitement of this time of year.

I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as we did. This time it was Lindor chocolate truffles that made life taste sweeter.

White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes
Print Recipe
White fluffy vanilla cake with a white chocolate Lindor truffle center and topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes
Print Recipe
White fluffy vanilla cake with a white chocolate Lindor truffle center and topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
White Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients of flour and baking powder. Set to the side. Measure out the milk and add vanilla to the milk.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar on medium high speed until smooth.
  4. Add a third of the flour to the sugar mixture. Then add half of the milk. Alternate additions, ending with the last third of flour. Mix well between additions until smooth.
  5. Add a third of the egg whites and whisk into batter. Then, take the remaining two thirds of egg whites and fold them in with a spatulas as to not over work the batter. Place liners in 24 cup liners and fill 3/4 of the way fill with batter.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes. Use kitchen shears to cut a plus sign in the top of each cake. Place a Lindor White Chocolate truffle inside and press down slightly so that the tops of the truffles are at about the same height of the cupcake.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about a minute. Stir and heat in 30 second increments until fully melted and smooth.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix on medium speed cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add in white chocolate and mix until well blended. Add in powdered sugar in increments and beat until smooth.
  3. Optional garnish is to add white chocolate shavings to the top. Another optional garnish is to spray lightly with silver Color Mist Food Color spray for a shiny finish.
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