Mother's Day Cupcakes

Mother's Day Cupcakes

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  • Serving: Makes 12 jumbo cupcakes

Show mom your appreciation with an elegant cupcake topped with edible pearls and glitter. Recipe first appeared in the Big Book of Cupcakes presented by Southern Living.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose soft-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Paper baking cups
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 16-ounce package powdered sugar


  1. To make cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in extracts.
  4. Place jumbo paper baking cups in 2 (6-cup) jumbo muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.
  6. To make vanilla bean frosting, beat butter, whipping cream, vanilla bean paste, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  7. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
  8. Frost the top of each cupcake smooth by placing a heaping spoonful of frosting in center of cupcake. With an offset spatula, push frosting to edges while turning cupcake. Rotate cupcake, and lift the frosting with the spatula to create peaks.
  9. Write "Mom" on top of each cupcake with a decorating bag or Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
  10. Sprinkle with edible pearls and edible glitter.

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