White Wedding Cupcakes

Tender and moist homemade vanilla almond cupcakes topped with creamy white chocolate frosting. A truly elegant treat for the most special day.

Tender and moist homemade vanilla almond cupcakes topped with creamy white chocolate frosting. A truly elegant treat for the most special day.

Today is our wedding day. The day my father will walk me down the aisle towards the new life ahead of me. Bridesmaids dressed in coral, groomsmen donning tuxes, proud parents, elated friends, kick-ass band, talented photographer, videographer, photo booth, filet, sesame-crusted salmon, champagne glasses, CHEERS. I have my something old, something borrowed, and my something blue.

But before our ceremony this afternoon (actually 2 days from now because I’m writing this ahead of time, but let’s pretend), let me share a very special recipe with you. I did not bake for our wedding day, but last weekend, I made the cupcakes you see today. We wanted to celebrate the memorable week ahead of us!

White Wedding Cupcakes - tender and moist homemade vanilla almond cupcakes topped with creamy white chocolate frosting. A truly elegant treat for the most special day.

I took my very vanilla cupcake recipe, swapped out some vanilla for almond flavoring, whipped the egg whites and topped the cupcakes with my wonderfully white chocolate frosting. The white chocolate frosting is made from pure white chocolate instead of white chocolate morsels and white chocolate flavoring.

Pure white chocolate packed inside each beautiful swirl.

These white wedding cupcakes are drop to your knees, praise the heavens above, OM-freaking-G fantastic. By far one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. Plus, they look exceptionally fancy. And there’s sprinkles. And gold sprinkle stars…!

Totally wedding-worthy.

White Wedding Cupcakes - tender and moist homemade vanilla almond cupcakes topped with creamy white chocolate frosting. A truly elegant treat for the most special day.

Give them a try for the next bridal shower or any upcoming wedding. There is no way these divine cupcakes will NOT impress brides, grooms, bridal parties, and guests. ♥

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White Wedding Cupcakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Tender and moist homemade vanilla almond cupcakes topped with creamy white chocolate frosting. A truly elegant treat for the most special day.


Ingredients

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes

  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) sifted all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt, room temperature*
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk, room temperature*
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

White Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled*
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

  1. Begin the recipe by melting the white chocolate for the frosting. I always melt pure chocolate by constantly stirring over low heat on the stove. If using a microwave, melt in 15 second increments – stirring after each until chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in the sugar – the mixture will be gritty. Whisk in yogurt, milk, vanilla and almond extracts until combined. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Try very hard to avoid over mixing. Set aside.
  4. Using a whisk, a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment – beat the egg whites until until thick and foamy, about 3 minutes. See photo at the bottom of this post for a visual of the egg whites. Fold into cupcake batter. The batter will be smooth, velvety, and slightly thick. Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool.
  5. In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Switch the mixer to low speed and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar until combined. Quickly stir the cooled white chocolate with a spoon so that it is smooth and pour into the creamed butter/sugar. Switch the mixer to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes until combined and creamy. Add the cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until combined. I used a Wilton 1M swirl piping tip to pipe the frosting. You may use any piping tip or a knife. Decorate as you please with sprinkles, candies, etc.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Frosting can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Decorate/assemble cupcakes immediately before serving. Leftover cupcakes keep well covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3 days. Frosted or unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Mini Cupcakes: For around 32 mini cupcakes, line mini cupcake pans with liners or spray with nonstick spray. Prepare cupcakes and frosting as directed. Bake mini cupcakes for 12-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Yogurt: For the yogurt, I always use vanilla flavored low fat Greek yogurt. Fat free yogurt, Greek or regular, vanilla or plain, will all work just fine. Sour cream works as well. Use what you have on hand.
  4. Milk: I love what buttermilk does for the texture and taste of the cupcake. You may use whole milk instead. I prefer the taste of the cupcakes with these milks over lower fat milks.
  5. White Chocolate: Do not use white chocolate morsels in this frosting. Use pure white chocolate, such as Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s brand.
  6. Cream: For the frosting, milk or half-and-half are OK to use instead of heavy cream. However, cream is preferred for creamiest texture.
  7. Why Room Temperature Ingredients? When everything is near the same temperature, they mix together easily, evenly, and produce a uniform texture among the batch.
  8. Be sure to check out my 10 tips for baking the BEST cupcakes before you begin!

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429 Comments

  1. Happy wedding day, friend! I cannot wait to see pictures of you and your gorgeous dress 🙂

    And these cupcakes = definitely for a special occasion – they are stunning. Although I’d like to have these babies every single day!

  2. Dear Sally
    I have been following you blog for AAGGEESS and I am SO happy for you! Have a great day eating these awesome cupcakes! Hope to see more recipes soon Mrs Quinn!

  3. Wishing you the absolute best day and the absolute best LIFE together with Kevin. I know how madly in love you guys are and I’m so excited for you two that your wedding day is here!!!!

    The cupcakes are gorgeous and definitely could have been served at the wedding but very smart girl to NOT bake for your own wedding…very smart!! Pinned of course!

    CONGRATS, Sally!! xoxoxo

  4. Such beautiful cupcakes! CONGRATS on your wedding day. Soak everything in and enjoy this time. I’m wishing you both an infinity of happiness!

  5. I feel like I know you since I’ve been following your blog and trying all your blog & cookbook recipes for awhile now. I’m so happy for you and wish you nothing but the best day and days to come! Also cannot wait to try these beautiful cupcakes!

  6. Ahhhh! YAYYY! Happy wedding day, Sally! These cupcakes look perfect for today. I loveeee almond in my baked goods, you hit the nail on the head with these bad boys. I hope you have the most beautiful day. Welcome to married life! It only gets better and better from here 🙂

  7. I greatly enjoyed reading your post! Everything’s so beautiful, even the cupcakes! My best wishes to you on your wedding day, may you and your husband have a wonderful life together!

  8. Happy wedding day Sally! Congratulations, and I hope that you have the happiest day as a mark of the rest of your wonderful lives together. And I bet after all those smoothies you’re going to look drop dead gorgeous 🙂 can’t wait to see the pictures! xoxo

  9. Happy Wedding Day Sally! I’ll be thinking of you and wishing you a day filled with many happy memories, and very special moments with those you love! And I adore the little gold stars.

  10. I could not be happier for someone I’ve never met face-to-face. You are a beautiful soul and deserve all the happiness in the world! I truly wish you the best of luck, and the greatest of fortune. Much love Sweet Sally!

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