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Famous Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery is quite possibly the most famous bakery in the country and quite possibly the world, which is insane to think about given how young it is.

January 25, 2021
Magnolia Bakery CupcakesPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 60 mins

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes Recipe Video



For Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, whip the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

For Vanilla Buttercream

  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 110 mg36.7%
Sodium 197 mg8.6%
Potassium 69 mg1.5%
Protein 5.2 g10.4%
Total Fat 25.2 g32.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Be sure to run your flours through a mesh strainer when adding them to the bowl. This prevents clumping and also aids in the mixing process.
  • Be sure to add the egg one at a time and to make sure each one is beaten in well.
  • Be sure that the cupcakes are cool to the touch before adding the buttercream.
  • If you want to save the buttercream or you make ahead, store it at room temperature so that it does not set. It can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Make sure the buttercream is mixed long enough in order to give a creamy texture.
  • Feel free to add some food coloring before you stop mixing the buttercream if you want some color.
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They are known for baking some of the best classic American desserts from their famous cupcakes to pies and cookies to specialty cakes.

These cupcakes are so famous that you can find them making a cameo appearance on the hit show “Sex and the City”. Be sure to copy this Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe, so that you can also enjoy them just like Carrie.

What is the story of Magnolia Bakery?

Magnolia Bakery store frontPhoto By Canva

Magnolia Bakery was founded in 1996 in New York’s West Village. It was not long before this establishment gained notoriety for not only its classic American baked goods, because it was also very warm and inviting.

The vintage décor in the old building just added to the character of Magnolia. In 2007, some major changes began to take place. The original owner decided to step down and sold the business to the husband and wife team of Steve and Tyra Abrams.

Over the next several years Steve and Tyra would begin to expand the bakery, while keeping the roots and soul of Magnolia intact. Thanks to them one we do not have to go to New York to enjoy an original Magnolia Cupcake.

They can now be found in Chicago, Los Angeles, D.C., Boston, and even through parts of southeast Asia and the Middle East. And if you are still out of driving distance from any of these locations, they also now offer nationwide shipping on select products.

How much is a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery?

Contrary to what you might think, these famous cupcakes can be yours for only $3.95 each. Not too bad considering how popular these little guys are. Actually, the entire menu looks fairly priced and extremely delicious. Look at your own risk.

How do you frost cupcakes like Magnolia Bakery?

In order to do it like they do at Magnolia can be quite difficult for the beginner home baker until you get the hang of it. Take an offset spatula and get a good scoop of frosting on there. Holding the cupcake up in one hand, dab the frosting on the top of the cupcake and rotate it until it forms a plateau on top.

Then with a scooping motion turn the cupcake in the opposite direction as before and begin to pull the spatula away from the cupcake. This will give it that iconic look that Magnolia Bakery cupcakes are known for.

Do Magnolia Bakery cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

Just in case anyone has the discipline to not devour a Magnolia Bakery cupcake onsite, DO NOT refrigerate them. Instead, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

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