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Yellow Cupcake Recipe

Skip the boxed mix and make delicious treats from scratch with this Yellow Cupcake Recipe! These yellow cupcakes have a moist and tender crumb. Spread with your favorite chocolate frosting for an easy kid friendly favorite.

It’s not a birthday party unless there are cupcakes! You’ll also want to add some homemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies too!

Yellow cupcakes on wire cooling rack with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Why this Recipe Works

Long time readers know I’m not shy about baking with boxed cake mix. Sometimes you need the convenience and consistent results without having to give it any thought.

But once you learn how to make your favorite cake flavors from scratch, you’ll understand why the extra effort is worth it!

These Yellow Cupcakes are based on my staple yellow layer cake recipe. Turning that sweet cake into single sized cupcakes was a no brainer!

  • Moist but not dense or heavy.
  • Made with buttermilk and sour cream, these cupcakes are sturdy enough to hold up to any frosting but have a light and tender crumb.
  • The simple vanilla flavor is front and center here! You can add any homemade frosting–or just open a can of store bought. These cupcakes are delicious every which way.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make homemade yellow cupcakes.

Flour. I wanted to make these cupcakes using all-purpose flour instead of cake flour. I think you’ll LOVE the texture. Just be sure to measure the flour correctly!

Sour cream. Full fat sour cream is best for richest flavor and moist texture.

Buttermilk. Use store bought or learn How to Make Buttermilk at home in minutes!

Vanilla. I love my Homemade Vanilla Extract in these cupcakes for deep vanilla flavor.

Yellow cupcake unwrapped from liner and topped with chocolate sour cream frosting.

Frosting Ideas

What frosting goes with yellow cupcakes? The options are endless! Today’s version is topped with a delicious sour cream frosting.

I should clarify. They are topped with chocolate sour cream frosting. The tangy rich flavor is the perfect pairing with these birthday cupcakes. Don’t forget sprinkles!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Tips and Tricks

Step by step photos showing how to make yellow cupcakes.
  • Use room temperature ingredients: Letting refrigerated ingredients like eggs and sour cream come to room temperature first, helps incorporate them more easily into the batter.
  • Do not overfill cupcake liners: For evenly baked cupcakes, fill liners about 2/3 of the way with batter. This ensures the tops will not puff over the egde, so you’ll have a smooth flat top for adding frosting.
  • Let cool completely before frosting. Cupcakes that are even slightly warm will make the frosting get soft and runny.

Recipe FAQs

What’s the difference between yellow cupcakes and white cupcakes?

Yellow cake and white cake are both variations on vanilla cake. My white cake contains egg whites and no egg yolks, while the yellow cake contains both. This gives the cake its signature yellow color and a less airy texture.

Can you freeze these cupcakes?

Yes, yellow cupcakes can be transferred to freezer bags once cooled and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw and top with fresh frosting! I love freezing individual cupcakes because you can just pull out exactly the amount you need at one time.

Can I use this recipe to make a layer cake?

Yes, this recipe works as a layer cake! Visit this how-to guide to learn how to make a yellow layer cake from scratch.

Yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting served on white cake platter.

More Cupcake Recipes

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Yellow Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Skip the boxed mix and make delicious treats from scratch with this Yellow Cupcake Recipe! These yellow cupcakes have a moist and tender crumb. Spread with your favorite chocolate frosting for an easy kid friendly favorite.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with paper wrappers. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter for two minutes. Add in sugar and vanilla, beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and sour cream, beating for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, then add buttermilk. Beat for 3 minutes until fluffy and blended.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into cupcake tin, about ⅔ full. Bake on the middle rack for about 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Notes

  • Use room temperature ingredients: Letting refrigerated ingredients like eggs and sour cream come to room temperature first, helps incorporate them more easily into the batter.
  • Do not overfill cupcake liners: For evenly baked cupcakes, fill liners about ⅔ of the way with batter. This ensures the tops will not puff over the egde, so you'll have a smooth flat top for adding frosting.
  • Let cool completely before frosting. Cupcakes that are even slightly warm will make the frosting get soft and runny.
  • FROSTING: These cupcakes are topped with our favorite chocolate sour cream frosting. You could also use chocolate buttercream frosting or vanilla frosting if you prefer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Say goodbye to boxed cake mix and wave hello to Yellow Cupcakes made from scratch! These easy cupcakes make a perfect birthday party treat or dessert for any occasion.

About Aimee

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