Friday, February 3, 2012

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream for Baby Levi

Almost a month go, I had a friend who passed away. His wife, and my friend,  had passed away 8 yrs ago from a brain tumor. Now this couple have two daughters, One of the sisters lives here.  The oldest daughter lives out West,, and was almost 9 mos. pregnant, when her father passed away, unexpectedly. She was able to fly home for the services. but as the time progressed , she was not able to fly back to her home.  She thought that would only be a couple of weeks, but Baby Levi had other ideas.  It wasn't until yesterday that Baby Levi made his appearance into the world. Welcome Baby Levi!

What would any Foodie do to celebrate the birth of a new baby? That's right, bake mini cupcakes. Now, I've never made cupcakes to celebrate the birth of a new baby boy , but I was pretty sure that I could find some pretty Baby Blue cupcake liners and cupcake decorations. Wrong! Now, I hadn't  planned ahead  to order them online.  I did find a package of blue cars, and blue liners with yellow duckies, but that wasn't what I had thought that I would find. I did find blue sugar. There were plenty of cute pink liners and decorations, but not so much for blue.

These Vanilla cupcakes have sour cream in them and have moist,  tender cake.  Paired with Vanilla Butter Cream frosting, they taste so good, perfect for a new baby celebration.!

Vanilla  Cupcake Recipe Adapted from Cupcake Project

 Ingredients: Makes 30 mini or 12 regular sized cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C sour cream

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until light and creamy.
  3. Add the butter and vanilla and beat on low speed for about 1 minute, or until well blended.
  4. Beat in the dry ingredients on low speed until blended.
  5. Add the sour cream and beat until smooth and well blended.
  6. Fill mini cupcake liners about halfway full.
  7. Bake at 350 F for about 14 minutes for mini, 23 min. for regular size, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean and the tops are firm.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting


1/2 c butter, room temperature

2c. powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 c more or less milk, or half and half I used almond milk

Cream butter with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy.  Gradually add in powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix well, Add milk until desired consistency. Pipe or frost cupcakes


  1. Welcome baby Levi! At least this month of living in the Chicago area has been a bit mild. :) The cupcakes are adorable. I love the blue sugar and the thought of the sour cream making them all the more moist is wonderful.

  2. Christiane-They were fortunate that 1 year ago we had 22" of snow and the blizzard of 2011. These cupcakes are yummy, and the sour cream made a big difference in the texture.

  3. What a great way to welcome Baby Levi into this world! These do look amazing with the blue cars and the sugar sprinkle. No doubt that sour cream made all the difference in texture-yum! Enjoy the weekend Becky.

    1. Tina- I was glad that I found the blue cars and blue sugar. He's such an adorable baby. Have a great weekend!

  4. Welcome Baby Levi! That is awesome. These look so cute! :-)

  5. Such a rough time to have a baby... so sweet of you to make something lovely to welcome him with! Sour cream is indeed wonderful in cupcakes!

    1. Jen-I love to make cupcakes, especially for new babies:)

  6. Welcome Little Levi, how sweet he looks! I like sour cream cake and your cupcakes look gorgeous! And I hope the girls are getting on OK with the lost of their parents.

  7. Veronica,
    It hasn't been easy loosing both parents in their early 30's, but the birth of Levi was certainly a bright spot, and something to look forward to.

  8. they look as cute as baby levi :)

  9. Welcome baby Levi! He's gorgeous. I'm sorry he will never know his grandparents :(

    PS...your cupcakes sound so yummy!

    1. Lizzy,
      It is sad that he will never know his maternal grandparents, but he does have fraternal grandparents that he will get to know. These cupcakes are so good!

  10. So sweet! Sending you some co-host #chocolatelove! :)

  11. Sorry that posted so fast :) So sweet as in the cupcakes and Baby Levi but bittersweet on the passing :( Cindy

    1. Cindy,
      Thank you for you sweet comments. i know what you meant.

  12. Hi Becky these look so tempting to make today love the cakes! I forgot to send you the link I added to Amazing foodies of my favorite bloggers check it out when you get time!! xo happy super bowl!!!

  13. So cute, I had to come sneek a peek at him again. The cupcakes are super cute too.

  14. Super cute post and beautiful baby, lovely blog:)
    I am big cupcake fan and love to decorate cupcakes, take a look, thanks.


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