Mini Party Cupcakes

25 Jan

Miniature Party Bites!

I love these miniature little cupcakes for several reasons:

1) They are so darn easy  to make!!

2) They look beautiful and require little to no decorating skills

3) They add the perfect amount of “pazzaz” to any birthday party!

So let’s get started! For these cupcake you will need a miniature cupcake pan and miniature cupcake liners.

I chose to make a vanilla butter cake as my base – you can use whatever yummy recipe you feel comfortable with.

Vanilla Butter Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla.
  3. In large bowl, with mixer at medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until smooth, scraping the bowl occasionally with a  spatula.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake liners (I usually fill them close to the top of the liner that way they puff up nicely) and bake for about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: 

  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp of orange juice
  • Rainbow colored sanding sugar
  1. With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended.
  2. Continue mixer on medium for another two minutes. 
  3. Add vanilla and whipping cream, beating on medium for another minute.
  4. Now here’s my secret…I add a little bit of lemon and orange juice to this frosting. This gives it a hint of fruity flavor that makes the mini cupcake even more fun! Kids love it too! Omit this step if you want a pure vanilla buttercream
  5. Frosting should be light and fluffy.

Fill a piping bag with your frosting. Cut the tip off so there is a small hole. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake – leaving only a dollop of frosting on each – do not worry about spreading out or piping in a design.

Pour your multi-colored sanding sugar onto a plate.

Dip each frosted cupcake into the sprinkles – smashing the frosting down around the top of the cupcake.

And there you have it – gorgeous, colorful, and delicious cupcakes that were super easy to make!! You’re cupcakes are going to be a hit at any party you bring them too. I just know it!

Stay sweet xoxo

Stay Calm Cupcake!

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11 Responses to “Mini Party Cupcakes”

  1. Nikki January 26, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    These look yummy! Too bad I have to give up baking for a while. Maybe someday I can make these!!

  2. StayCalmCupcake January 26, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Giving up baking?? But Nikki whyyyy?

  3. MJ January 27, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Oh I love vanilla cakes and especially vanilla buttercream frosting! I’m gonna give this a go one day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • StayCalmCupcake January 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by – let me know how your cupcakes turn out! xo

  4. Dana Ward January 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey Jill! Just wanted to stop by and say I LOVE your cupcakes! DELICIOUS!

  5. Gosfam January 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    How cute and I am sure they are YUMMY!! Saturday Mornings sent me.

    • StayCalmCupcake January 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the rest of your weekend xo

  6. clementine January 6, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    Hi thanks for giving me a new frosting for my cupcakes. i just got a truck for christmas from my kids now i have to fix the inside of it. its a 1995 chev.


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