Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

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By Contributor Tamara Goyette

I have always enjoyed baking, and my all-time favourite to make are cupcakes. There is just something so fun about a little individual sized cake. There are countless creative opportunities and potential for cupcakes. If you can dream it, you can make it. Sometimes though you just want to keep everything very simple, I have a quick and easy vanilla cupcake and whipped cream cheese icing recipe. The cupcakes remind me of a sugar cookie, and the icing is great if you love the flavor of cream cheese as much as I do.

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Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Cream Cheese Icing Recipe


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup of milk

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

  • Whipped Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups whipping cream


Cupcake Directions:

- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

- In a large bowl and hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add in the milk, butter, vanilla extract, and eggs at low speed, and then beat on high speed until smooth. This takes about 2 minutes.

- Spoon the batter into a dozen cupcake liners or greased muffin tins, you may be able to get a few more cupcakes depending on how much batter you put in. ¾ full is recommended. (A trick to make this go quickly is to use a large ice cream scoop with the blade feature to help release the batter)

- Bake in the center of the oven, until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the middle of the cupcake. About 18 minutes.

- Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely.

- If you are making them ahead of time store the cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 1 day, or freeze for up to weeks).

Icing Directions:

- Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a stand mixer.

- Use the whisk attachment, and mix on medium until smooth.

- While it is mixing, slowly add the whipping cream. You will want to scrape the bottom of the bowl so that it all mixes well together.

- Keep whipping until stiff peaks form. The icing will then hold its shape when you use it.

If making cupcakes for something a party or a little get together, I recommend baking them the evening before you need them, and making the icing the morning of. This way the cupcakes have had plenty of time to cool down, and the icing is fresh. Using a decorating tip makes all the difference for how a cupcakes looks, it just takes homemade cupcakes up a notch to something extra special, add some sprinkles and you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to make incredible looking cupcakes. With a little practice using the decorating tips, you will quickly have the technique figured out for decorating cupcakes just like you see in all the bakeries. You can use the fancy icing bags, or just simply cut the corner off a plastic sandwich bag and put the decorating tip in, then fill the bag with your icing. This is a budget friendly option. Do you ever have problems with cupcakes that are dry when you eat them? One of the best kept secrets to a moist cupcake, is taking the time to poke a bunch of holes all over the cupcake either with a toothpick or a fork, and then coating the cupcake in condensed milk. Cupcakes are always fun to make, and a great way to get children involved in the kitchen.


Tamara Goyette is a loving wife, and mother to a very determined little girl. The Fraser Valley area of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia has always been home. She loves reading a good book while curled up in a blanket, and sipping a cup of tea. Her blog is about her family, and the adventures, and activities they get up to at Discovering Parenthood.

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Tamara Goyette is a loving wife, and mother to a very determined little girl. The Fraser Valley area of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia has always been home. She loves reading a good book while curled up in a blanket, and sipping a cup of tea. Her blog is about her family, and the adventures, and activities they get up to at Discovering Parenthood.
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34 responses to “Vanilla Cupcakes and Whipped Cream Cheese Icing Recipe”

  1. Diana P. (contestmom109) — March 23, 2014 @ 7:42 am (#)

    omg yummy!

    • Tamara — March 24, 2014 @ 11:26 am (#)

      They are yummy!

  2. Erika B — March 23, 2014 @ 11:45 am (#)

    Oh man, my mouth is watering!!!! These look absolutely delicious. Saving this recipe for a special occasion!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. tennille — March 23, 2014 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    the icing sounds really yummy

  4. addibrae — March 23, 2014 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    Those look really good. I love baking.

  5. Stephanie LaPlante — March 23, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    Oh that sounds delicious!…especially the icing. I love anything with cream cheese.

  6. Heidi Carlson-reid — March 23, 2014 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    These are so pretty! I love cream cheese frosting – yum!

  7. Vesper Meikle — March 25, 2014 @ 6:29 am (#)

    pink is not a favourite colour in our house but apart from that they look lovely

  8. Heidi Carlson-reid — March 25, 2014 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    Poking holes in your cupcakes and pouring condensed milk over them? Decadence at its finest!

  9. William Stewart — March 29, 2014 @ 5:09 am (#)

    These look awesome!

  10. loriag — April 6, 2014 @ 6:51 am (#)

    My mouth is salivating just looking at the pictures. This looks like a great recipe.

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 19, 2014 @ 10:11 am (#)

    these look scrumptious. I’ve always liked Whipped Cream Cheese Icing but up to now have never had a recipe so thank you 🙂

  12. Kathleen B — April 25, 2014 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    I have a sweet tooth and these sure look yummy

  13. Elva Roberts — May 10, 2014 @ 6:35 pm (#)

    These cupcakes seem very easy and inexpensive to make and the icing would be delicious as well. Thank you for this useful and tasty recipe.

  14. Melinda L. — May 16, 2014 @ 10:11 am (#)

    Looks too pretty to eat, yet too delicious to pass up!

  15. Treen Goodwin — May 18, 2014 @ 10:05 am (#)

    Oh wow , i will be trying this for sure , sounds amazing thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. JaimeeM — May 22, 2014 @ 6:47 am (#)

    You made those cupcakes looks so good, lol. Man… now I need to bake something

  17. Darlene W — May 23, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    A different twist on a cup cake icing

  18. Darlene W — June 7, 2014 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    Looks like fun to do with the grandkids

  19. Deanna Middendorf — July 18, 2014 @ 1:18 am (#)

    So yummy looking and so pretty!

  20. craftyone — August 17, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Those cupcakes look so very delicious.

  21. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 18, 2014 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    these sound and look really good – definitely a treat for my grandchildren 🙂

  22. Jenn+E — September 27, 2014 @ 12:42 am (#)

    Wow, that icing looks amazing! I can never get my icing right! Definitely going to try this recipe!

  23. Anne+Taylor — October 22, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Yum! A great treat for a rainy afternoon! The icing looks really amazing!

  24. Lee-Ann — November 1, 2014 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    These look great! And I love cream cheese icing!

  25. loucheryl — December 7, 2014 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    Awesome! I have to try this recipe. It sounds and looks so good.

  26. kathy downey — February 11, 2015 @ 7:29 am (#)

    It seems everyone will eat a cupcake,they look real good

  27. kathy downey — February 16, 2015 @ 7:45 am (#)

    i love Whipped Cream Cheese on almost anything

  28. kathy downey — February 20, 2015 @ 5:28 am (#)

    I whipped up this icing for a cake my Mom sent over,its delicious

  29. katie m — February 27, 2015 @ 2:30 pm (#)

    Those cupcakes are so pretty. I can’t wait to try out this recipes especially since I’ve been waiting to use my pastry tips for a baking project too.

  30. Kevin B — March 8, 2015 @ 10:06 am (#)

    These look wonderful

  31. kathy downey — April 21, 2015 @ 10:03 am (#)

    Whipped cream cheese icing sounds delicious

  32. kathy downey — October 31, 2015 @ 10:18 am (#)

    Thanks the Whipped Cream Cheese Icing is delicious

  33. Erin N — January 15, 2018 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    YUM! I love cream cheese in icing! It makes it so much better than regular icing. Thank you for sharing this!!

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