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Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes with Maple Sea Salt Buttercream

A small-batch of homemade vanilla cupcakes paired with a maple sea salt buttercream that is simple to make.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Adorable Cupcakes, Buttercream, Vanilla cupcakes
Servings: 9 Cupcakes
Author: Alyssa & Marissa


Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 1½ cup plus 3 tbsp Cake Flour Do not use All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Buttermilk room temperature

Maple Sea Salt Buttercream

  • 3/4 cup Butter room temperature
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar sifted
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • Coarse Sea Salt to sprinkle on top


Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350° Farenheight. Prepare a cupcake pan with liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment cream together the butter, olive oil, and sugar. Scrape down the sides if needed.
  • Add each egg in one at a time making sure that each one is well incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • On low speed add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk. Mix until combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake pan filling each one 3/4 of the way up.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Maple Sea Salt Buttercream

  • Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat the butter on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • On low speed add the powdered sugar a little at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes.
  • Pipe or frost onto the cooled cupcakes and then sprinkle the tops with the coarse sea salt.


Add more powdered sugar at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. 
For more maple flavor you can add in more maple syrup.