Food

Star Wars Cupcakes and Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Hey y’all! May the Fourth be with you! It’s May 4th, Star Wars Day! In honor of the occasion, I threw together some vanilla cupcakes, topped them with an easy vanilla buttercream frosting and dressed them up with some sparkly sprinkles in red, green and blue.

I’ve been hanging on to this adorable Williams Sonoma Star Wars Rebel Alliance Cupcake decorating kit for a while. I’ve used a few of the decorations to spiff up some cupcakes for my boyfriend in the past, but I rediscovered them last week as I was cleaning out the storage closet — right in time for Star Wars Day! I actually snagged cupcake decorations on clearance at Williams Sonoma a few years ago. (FYI, there’s actually a bunch of cute Williams Sonoma Star Wars-themed bakeware on sale for 20% off right now.) They don’t carry these decorations anymore, but you can still find them on eBay.

vanilla cupcaked decorated with green, blue or red sprinkles and Star Wars cupcake toppers featuring Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Han Solo and Princess Leia

Today’s baking was definitely on a whim, so I used a box mix for the cake, but the frosting is  the easy-peasiest homemade buttercream. There’s about a million buttercream frosting recipes on the internet, but I’ll include how I made this one below.

I think there are two key things to remember in a good buttercream: One, make sure you really whip that butter (I put my Kitchenaid whisk attachment on and let it whip it until the butter looks white). Two, since buttercream is primarily just butter and powdered sugar, I like to use equal parts salted and unsalted butter. A little salt helps balance out the sweetness. Make sure you start with room temperature butter, too.

Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup salted butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
milk (for consistency, optional)

1. Whisk together salted and unsalted butter on high until butter is light and nearly white in color.
2. Lower the speed on your mixer and add in one cup of sifted powdered sugar. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
3. Add vanilla extract.
4. Continue to slowly add in powdered sugar. If frosting is too thick, you may add in milk a few drops at a time until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

Let me know how this recipe works out for you! Thanks for reading!

xo,
Bettie