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Yellow Butter Cupcakes


Classic yellow butter cupcakes got perfectly with a variety of frostings -- from Chocolate Ganache Glazes to our classic Seven-Minute Frosting.

  • Yield: Makes 36

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009


  • 3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 9 ounces (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs plus 3 large yolks, room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

  2. Reduce speed to low. Mix remaining wet ingredients in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each full.

  3. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

Reviews Add a comment

  • hailinguk
    8 SEP, 2009
    This is the BEST cupcake recipe ever!! See mrs hackneys kitchen dot com for pictures. Thanks Martha!! :-)
  • mebdmia
    9 JUN, 2009
    that is royal icing. The Cupcakes pictured are Candy Bow Tie Cupcakes (recipe from this website)
  • AliJean
    30 APR, 2009
    What frosting would you recommend for this cupcake? What is used in the picture? Simple sugar?
  • meagpie
    30 JAN, 2009
    awesome yellow cupcakes. good flavor and baked perfectly for decorating (without a big domed top). Good flavor.