Perfect White Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

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This has been my little secret for 2 years now. Every time guests try the cake at my kids’ birthday parties, they rave about how moist and perfectly flavored it is. I’m sorry I haven’t been in the sharing mood. I’m over that now and ready to tell the world how to make perfect white cake-and this specific recipe is for cupcakes!

It started with unrealistic goals. I wanted a gluten free, dairy free birthday cake for my kids. I didn’t mind if it had white sugar in it because as a family we are okay with that for birthdays. I’ve tried numerous gluten free or dairy free cakes at weddings and events, but nothing ever tasted good enough for me to want seconds. Birthday cake needs to be impressive. Special, just like the kid’s whose birthday it’s for! For that matter, any big event needs to have equally amazing food. That’s only my opinion, but food can really be the “cherry on top” of a great party, or the reason people don’t stick around after the candles are blown out.

I’ve searched Pinterest looking for cakes claiming to be “the best” birthday cake recipe and found nothing within my specifications. Finally, I turned to creating something of my own. I started by reading measurements commonly used for cakes. Then I toyed around with certain gluten free flours that were white in nature. Almond flour was out and so was coconut flour-simply because of the overpowering flavor.

Oat flour, tapioca flour and brown rice flour won out. I tweaked the recipe until I had the right proportions. Then, I exchanged milk for almond milk. The results were incredible. Using egg whites helps keep the cake the right color as well.

For those that follow Sweetest Lemonade because of our reputation for using natural sugars low on the glycemic index, I suggest using coconut sugar or honey instead of white sugar. It will drastically change the color of the cake, but the flavor is still incredible.

How cute are these mini cupcakes? We have a big event coming up this weekend and we’ll be giving out samples of our favorite dishes during cooking demos. I love the pairing of our perfect white cupcakes with a honey buttercream frosting. Honey is such a different kind of sweet, and it is well balanced with the other sugars in this recipe.

Want to know what else you could do with this cake? I’ve made homemade fondant to make fun themed cakes for my kids and this cake holds up really well underneath fondant.

Check out last year’s cakes here! My boys wanted Minions and Minecraft for their “brother” birthday. This year looks like it will be Pac-Man and Pokémon. It’s so fun watching them grow and change their interests.

Perfect White Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 cake rounds or 24 regular cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 cupcake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
    Honey Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Spray or line 2 cupcake pans. Or two cake rounds.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend together the flours.
  4. Add in the baking powder, salt and sugar.
  5. Stir, then add in the egg whites and butter.
  6. Last, pour in the almond milk.
  7. Stir until combined. The batter will be slightly thin.
  8. Pour the batter into the pans.
  9. For mini cupcakes, bake 12-14 minutes.
  10. For regular cupcake pans, bake 15-18 minutes.
  11. For round cake cans, bake 20-24 minutes.
  12. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
    Honey Buttercream Frosting
  1. Using a hand mixer or Kitchen Aide, blend the butter and honey.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.
  3. Last, pour in the heavy cream.
  4. Blend until peaks form and the frosting becomes thick. Pipe or spread for desired look.
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2 comments on “Perfect White Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

  1. These look so delicious! Definitely plan on trying these out soon!

    • Thank you Merced! Let me know how you like them!

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