Yellow Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and DIY Candy Heart Toppers

Consider these cupcakes party-ready with their colorful frosting and confetti sprinkles. Candy necklaces can be fashioned into pretty heart-shaped cupcake toppers using this quick tutorial.

I once asked my friend what kind of cupcakes she wanted for her birthday and she replied "I'm boring, I like yellow cake with vanilla frosting." I think I may have scared her because I got really excited and maybe shouted "I'm boring too! We can be boring together!"

What I meant to say was "I like yellow cake with vanilla frosting also and I'm going to make us a batch right now."

I hadn't planned a blog post for today, but yesterday morning I started craving yellow cupcakes. I whipped up a batch and decided to tint vanilla buttercream a rainbow of pastel colors. I think we all could use some happy colors to look at right now, don't you?

I had a box of candy necklaces hanging around (which is normal business here) so I started thinking of ways to use them to decorate the cupcakes. I thought about using the individual beads as sprinkles, but I soon found they're prettiest all strung together.

I ended up making some super cute candy heart cupcake toppers with the necklaces. They are so easy! I think kiddos would love to get involved, especially with stringing the beads together.

You'll need coated wire for this project, around 30-50 gauge will be heavy enough to hold up the heart shape. I used some coated florist's wire, but these white paper-covered wires are even better, because they are made for use with edibles (sugar paste flowers).

You'll need one candy necklace per topper. Cut a 12-inch length of wire. Leave the candy necklace beads on the string while you thread about 3/4 of the beads onto the wire. Bend the beaded wire into a heart shape. When it looks like a heart, twist the two ends of the wire together. Cut the string and pull it away (eat the extra candy beads or save them for later). Trim away the excess wire. Use filament tape to cover the wire completely. You're done!

These cupcakes are simple and classic - and definitely not boring! The cake recipe is soft and fluffy with a slight tang from the sour cream in the batter. This recipe makes about one dozen, which is nice when I don't have a large crowd to feed. If you need more than one dozen, the recipe doubles well.

Yellow Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Yields 12-14 cupcakes

Yellow cupcakes
1 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (4 oz.) milk
6 tablespoons (85g) sour cream

Vanilla buttercream
1 cup/226g unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 -3 cups/320 to 384g confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Milk or heavy cream
Pastel food colors, assorted
Confetti sprinkles

Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper liners in the cavities of a standard size cupcake tin.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape down the edges of the bowl and mix again. In a glass measure with a pour spout, combine the milk and sour cream.
Beat in the flour mixture on low speed alternately with the milk mixture; begin and end with flour. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full of the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when pressed in the centers. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the frosting: In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Begin on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.
Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.
Divide the frosting into separate bowls and tint as desired. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large French decorator tip and pipe frosting onto the cupcakes. Immediately top with sprinkles if desired.

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  1. Awesome idea for toppers. Pinned!

  2. Very pretty. Love it.

  3. Lovely and perfectly timed for valentines day ;)

  4. Wow! I like these! Who would have thought you can use candy necklaces as heart cupcake toppers. And those beautiful colors! :)

  5. OMG .. so beautifully decorated cupcakes , I must say u are truly amazing .


  6. These are adorable! I love the pastel as an alternative to all of the chocolate recipes we see this time of year! They remind me of conversation hearts, but these cupcakes are much tastier than the chalky candies I'm sure.

  7. Hello, I'm a housewife from Russia)) can I ask you, I made the cupcakes according to your recipe, they taste wonderful, but for some reason the dough did not rise, what did I do wrong? I just kept all of the grams) And 1/2 Cup of milk is how much in milliliters or grams?)

  8. I want to try all your recipes, but every time something goes wrong, maybe because we have other products?(

    1. Hi Hellen! I'm sorry the recipes didn't work for you. It's possible that there are differences in ingredients. We use double acting baking powder here in the states, and I wonder if this could be the problem. It's hard to say. I've re-checked the gram measurements and they all seem to be correct. (1/2 cup is 120 ml)

      It could also be a difference in sour cream. Russian sour cream (smetana, I believe?) is different than what we use in the US. I have no experience using it in baking, but according to some websites I've read, it has different cooking properties than US sour cream. You might try replacing the sour cream with whole milk.

      Thank you so much for trying the recipes. Again, I'm very sorry they didn't work for you. xo-h

  9. I thought so!)) Yes, we probably need to add soda, and the sour cream(that's right;)) not the same...they still turned out delicious) thank you for the quick reply)

  10. I am going to try these cupcakes.
    I have baked the vanilla cherry cake very delicious
    I love baking.


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