Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Hello, Cupcake!

I made cupcakes! I just love making cupcakes. I mean, who doesn’t adore a cupcake? They’re individual cakes that you don’t have to share. That’s right, no sharing. I’m stingy. I will not share my cupcake. Hello, get your own, there’s 23 more right over there in the cupcake holder. Geesh!

I searched for the perfect cupcake recipe for our Easter festivities, and what I found was a Bakery-style vanilla cupcake on Sweetapolita. Thanks, Rosie. If you haven’t been to Rosie’s site, you’re missing out. Her site is full of beautiful, sprinkled confections, copious amounts of fluffy frosting, and tons of sweet treats. You’ll leave inspired and drooling. Click the link and say hi to Rosie. She’ll have you coming back daily to see what treat she’s baking up next.

Let me just tell you, I love sprinkles! They make everything pretty and cheerful. I’d put them on everything if I could. I even added sprinkles to the batter- I couldn’t resist!

These cupcakes are absolutely delicious. I ate one. I scarfed it down in 3 bites. Then, I proceeded to lick the frosting spatula clean. I should probably be ashamed, but I’m just unable to conjure up that feeling- it just felt so right! You will not be disappointed with this cupcake. It’s impossible. They’re buttery, fluffy, and moist. The frosting, oh the frosting. It’s sweet, light, fluffy, and melts in your mouth. Pure heaven.

I wish all of you a very happy Easter. Enjoy it with loved ones. Share each other, share food, share the love. Don’t share your cupcake! You don’t have to- there’s 23 more.

Love and sweet treats,



adapted from Sweetapolita

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup whole milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup nonpareil sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a small bowl, combine the flours and set aside. In a large bowl, on medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. The mixture will become very pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla (I added the vanilla to the milk) with each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not over beat. Scrap down the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Fold in nonpareils.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners. I use a stainless steel scoop. It makes scooping much easier and ensures that the cupcakes will be consistent in size. Bake in the middle of the oven until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are okay), about 15-18 minutes. Cool cupcakes in tins for 5 minutes. Remove from tins and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Pink Vanilla Frosting:

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened

5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2 tbs. whole milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip butter for 5 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale (almost white) and creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Add the milk and vanilla, beating until incorporated. Scrap down the bowl and whisk to combine. Add a touch of pink food coloring, and whisk until incorporated. I may have added a little too much; I was going for pale pink, but it came out a little on the hot pink side. Frosting is best if used right away.

Frost your cupcakes with an offset spatula or fill a pastry bag and pipe the frosting on. Add sprinkles.


34 Responses to “Hello, Cupcake!”

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    Lacy @ NYCityEats — April 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    These are adorable! I love the polka dot liners and all the sprinkles!! The cupcakes sound sooo delicious! Happy Easter!


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Thanks, Lacy. I’m a bit obsessed with sprinkles and the color pink. Happy Easter to you, too.


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    Anna — April 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    They are adorable, Jennie!


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    mothersmementos — April 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love cupcakes, too, and these are very pretty! And who doesn’t love sprinkles?? :) I’m also a huge fan of the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book you have featured in your banner. Thanks for visiting my blog! And you’re right, cracks add character. :) Happy baking adventures!


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    mothersmementos — April 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I love cupcakes, and these are pretty! And who doesn’t love sprinkles?? I’m also a big fan of the Martha Stewart cupcake book you have featured in your banner (mine is beat up from many uses). Thanks for visiting my blog! And you’re right, cracks add character. :) Happy baking adventures!


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by. Most of my cookbooks are in rare form- pages stuck together and stained. Happy Easter!


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    kaylakakes — April 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Very cute! The frosting sounds yummy. I’ll be making cupcakes this weekend. I can’t wait.


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Thanks. I hope your cupcakes turn out amazing. Happy Easter.


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    Annie Oakley's Kitchen — April 6, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Those are so cute! Perfect for Easter!


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    Villy — April 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I’m not ashamed to admit I don’t like sharing desserts.. Especially something like that! Happy Easter!


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Happy Easter, Villy. I’m pretty stingy with my cupcakes.


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    Abby — April 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Such cheery cupcakes!


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    April — April 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    These cupcakes are so pretty <3 love the liners and the colors! Perfect for Easter. Have a wonderful weekend!!


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    Devon Riesenberg (@DevonRiesenberg) — April 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    So pretty! I can never say no to cupcakes!
    Glad to have found your lovely blog! So many great ideas and inspirations :)
    following you via FB and Pinterest!


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks, Devon. I can never say no to cupcakes either. I’m glad you found my site. Thanks for visiting.


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    The Primlani Kitchen — April 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Adorable!! I want one now.


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    Kim @ Treats & Trinkets — April 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I just spent all day making cupcakes for Easter, because they are, after all, the perfect food.

    I love your little swirl of frosting on top. I’ve yet to figure out how to frost mine without a pastry tip.


    • themessybakerblog replied April 6th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Kim, I agree, they are perfect. As far as frosting them, I used my finger (clean, of course) to get the swirled affect. Thanks for visiting.


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    sunshine — April 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I love, love cupcakes! Mmmmm…


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    cookingactress — April 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

    What adorable, classic cupcakes! And pretty too :)


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    Choc Chip Uru — April 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes my friend – classic and classy :D

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Jessica | Oh Cake — April 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    These are beautiful! Can I have 3? YUM! :)


    • themessybakerblog replied April 30th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you. I like a girl that’s not afraid to eat cupcakes.


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    lovefoodcookfood — May 1, 2012 at 7:31 am

    They are so cute. :-)


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    Moo's Pantry — May 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I love making cupcakes – these look very pretty! Moo


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    Kathia Rodriguez — May 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    They look so cute and delicious.


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    Kiri W. — May 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Awww, very cute! Love the colors.


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    Shelley — June 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Hey! What a new blog you have!! I have been pretty MIA a bit as my kiddos have been wrapping up the end of the school year and everything else but I got a second to check out some of my foodie friends blogs today and I just wanted to let you know yours is as always so cute! And I love sprinkles too!!!

    Have a great evening!


    • shelley replied June 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      I meant to say “cute new blog!” ;)


    • Jennie replied June 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, Shelley! Sprinkles are the best- so fun and colorful.


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