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Love Purple and Live Gold Cupcakes

Yield 24 cupcakes
Bake cupcakes up to 1 week ahead of time and freeze. Thaw completely at room temperature before frosting as directed.


  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Paper baking cups
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Vanilla Bean Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (16-oz.) packages powdered sugar
  • 2 drops electric purple food coloring
  • Toppings:
  • Yellow sanding sugar

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. 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.

  3. Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.

  4. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 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 (about 45 minutes).

  5. Prepare Frosting:  Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Remove and reserve 11/2 cups frosting for cupcake filling. Stir food coloring into remaining frosting until blended.

  6. Insert the end of a wooden spoon or dowel into the center of each cupcake to make a hole. Spoon 11/2 cups reserved frosting into a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe a generous amount of frosting into each cupcake.

  7. Spoon purple frosting into a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Snip 1 corner of bag to make a hole. Pipe frosting on cupcakes; sprinkle with yellow sanding sugar.


Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes