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The Best White Cupcakes {Semi-homemade and Super Easy!}

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Fluffy white cupcakes are made perfect with a cake mix and a lot of add ins to make them special. They are the perfect texture, flavor and will quickly become your favorites as well!

close up of white cupcake with wrapper pulled down

These cupcakes start with a box mix, but with a lot of twists turn into
something magical. I dare say they are the best white cupcakes out there and that’s really saying something coming from me!  They are soft and spongy and oh so tasty.  You will have to make a batch to see for yourself!

You know I am usually a big fan of homemade cakes. I have a ton of great cake recipes here on the blog.

   Honestly most of them are almost as easy to make as a mix, they
just have a few more ingredients to measure.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the allure of a mix. They instill a sense of confidence and give you something to build from.

batter in mixing bowl, ready to be scooped into lined cupcake tins

In fact the chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake that my family absolutely loves starts with a mix (and a can of cherry pie filling!) Sometimes easy recipes like that are exactly what you need.

So lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ways to doctor up cake mixes for cupcakes. I’ve been having the best time decorating them and want to make fun cupcakes every weekend!

white cupcakes fresh from oven in tin on wire rack

 There are so many suggestions for hacks out there. So I had been trying a few to find my favorite.

   The first few white and yellow cake hacks I tried didn’t work for
me. You’ll see I had sunken cupcakes for both the sheep cupcake cake and the Mr. Grinch cupcake cake.

Truthfully, both tasted delicious, but nobody is hunting for a recipe that makes sinking center cupcakes! I love cakes with plenty of sour cream or yogurt mixed in and it turns out you need to add more flour and sugar to get the texture I was after.

white cupcakes frosted in various flower patterns with italian meringue buttercream

This recipe is very similar to the semi-homemade chocolate cupcakes in that there are so many mix ins you end up with half again as many cupcakes. That’s right, 36 cupcakes instead of 24!

Luckily extra cupcakes are not a problem in my neck of the woods. In fact, I purchased some bakery style plastic cupcake holders which make them easy to give away and transport.

semi-homemade white cupcake cut in half with soft and fluffy interior showing

I’ve also frozen them fully decorated in the containers and they have defrosted beautifully! I just pulled them out a week or two later and let them sit on the counter for an hour or so to defrost. Everyone was amazed how good they still were.

I’ve piped the perfect summer buttercream on them and Italian meringue buttercream and both were amazing.  I tell you the texture of these cupcakes is perfect and any frosting is just the literal icing on the cake!

close up of frosted semi-homemade white cupcakes

Think part angel food cake and part white cake and super soft and moist and you have these lovelies. You simply have to make them for your next party!

What makes these cupcakes perfect?

So many things!

The texture is so soft and spongy. It is the perfect mix and they are so light and yummy.

They stay so bright and white. So the tops that are showing under the frosting are pearly.

They taste like wedding cake. Top them with delicious buttercream and it will transport your tastebuds to a reception hall.

In fact I’ve made these for a wedding. I’ve made them for birthdays, bbqs and parties too.

If you like filled cakes, they are perfect for that too. Put a little lemon curd or raspberry filling in the center and your mind will be blown.

Yield: 36 Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade White Cupcakes

fluffy inside of white vanilla cupcake

Fluffy white cupcakes are made perfect with a cake mix and a lot of add ins to make them special. They are the perfect texture, flavor and will quickly become your favorites as well!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon additional extract (lemon, almond, creme boquet, additional vanilla)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 large eggs)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F and place cupcake liners in 36 cupcake wells.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix, sugar, flour, salt and baking powder until well mixed and lump free.
  3. Add in wet ingredients and beat on low until the ingredients combine. Then beat on medium for two minutes.
  4. Scoop into lined cupcake tins (a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop works perfect for this!) 
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched with a finger. (They shouldn't take on much color.)
  6. Cool in tins for about 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cupcakes start with a box mix, but with a lot of twists turn into something magical. I dare say they are the best white cupcakes out there and that's really saying something coming from me!  They are soft and spongy and oh so tasty.  You will have to make a batch to see for yourself!

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