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Almond Cupcakes with Ultimate Vanilla Buttercream Icing

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Description

These cupcakes are a special treat. Light and fluffy, their mild almond taste is a perfect complement to the sweet vanilla buttercream.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 3-½ ounces, weight Almond Paste
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
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  • FOR THE BUTTERCREAM ICING:
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 16 ounces, weight Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix butter, almond paste and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time. On low, alternately add milk and flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Fill cups 2/3 full and then bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until done.

I know it sounds weird to use almond paste, but it really works. You need to heat it up a little to make it pliable before you use it. In the store it is normally in the highest, furthest corner of the baking aisle, near the marzipan and other such things. I really wouldn’t try and substitute almond extract for the paste—it would make it too runny. But if you want a more almond-y flavor, I am sure you could add some extract in too.

Now let those puppies cool completely before piping on this awesome butter cream (yields 2 cups).

Cream the butter, vanilla bean paste, and salt together. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk until creamy. You may need to add in some more milk or sugar until you get the consistency you want. I like a really stiff consistency just so my ridges in the icing don’t fall apart. Then pipe on the icing with a fun wavy tip. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for added flavor and prettiness.

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Cadie Pham on 10.13.2011

is it possible to use spreadable butter instead of stick butter in the frosting?

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Christen on 7.24.2011

I made the icing to use on a version of PW’s “best chocolate sheet cake ever” for my nephew’s first birthday cake. I made 2 of the cakes in a regular cake pan & layered with this icing. It was AWESOME. I had more people comment that this was the best icing they had ever had. Great flavor but not too sweet. I did use a little less sugar than the recipe called for. This will definitely be my new go to buttercream! Next time I’ll try the cupcakes.

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rebeccah5 on 2.26.2011

You can find vanilla bean paste at a Williams-Sonoma if you have one locally, and one store online that I know sells it is King Arthur Flour. I’m going to give the icing a try on the Moist Vanilla Cupcakes I’m making for my daughter’s birthday. I wanted to make these cupcakes but I couldn’t find almond paste locally, so I’ll have to bookmark this one for next time!

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AMC on 5.1.2010

i made these tonight. Delicious!! I used vanilla extract instead of vanilla paste because the stores where I live don’t have it and the frosting was still amazing!

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ruth on 3.6.2010

Just made these: WOW! They are fabulous!! I used vanilla extract in the frosting and it turned out yummy, but next time I’ll be sure to try the paste.

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mslaura022 on 6.14.2013

I should have read the reviews first! I was nervous while whipping up the batter because it seemed very airy yet dense. It didn’t form to the cupcake tins too well and I had to help it with a spoon. I must have done it right though because these are amazing. A rich, satisfying texture that is far from box mixes. I will be making these again and again!

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zimmsbride on 10.12.2012

I made these for my birthday and my (Dutch) family raved about them. The paste does make the texture pretty dense, so that’s different than most cupcakes and soo scrumptious!

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Allyson on 9.10.2012

These cupcakes were great! The almond flavor was terrific. I did not make the icing that goes along with them because I do not care for buttercream icing.

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jeweld on 9.25.2011

Fantastic! I love the almondy flavor. The almond paste was a good call.

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Twyla on 8.11.2011

LOVE this icing!! So gorgeous with all the flecks of vanilla and the taste is to die for!! This is going to be my GO TO frosting!!

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