Bridal Party Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

First time trying both cupcake and frosting recipes.  These are also from “101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes”.  Wanted to serve both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes together.

Cupcakes:

1 box white cake mix (I used Golden Vanilla as I wanted that vanilla taste as opposed to the white cake mix)

3 eggs

1 cup milk or sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla, lemon or almond extract

Mix together all ingredients.  Pour batter into paper liners, filling 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 for 15 – 18 minutes or until cakes are light golden brown and spring back when lightly touched.  Remove from oven and cool completely.  Frost when cooled.

Frosting:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, room temperature

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 – 4 tablespoons milk or cream (I used 4 of milk)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Place butter in mixing bowl.  Beat until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds.  Stop beating before adding sugar to avoid a big mess.  Add sugar, 3 tablespoons milk or cream and vanilla.  Beat frosting starting on low, increasing your speed until frosting is nice and creamy.  Add up to 1 more tablespoon milk or cream if frosting is too thick.

I topped these with Pampered Chef Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkles and Wilton White Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles.

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