Maple Vanilla Cupcakes

I’ve known my best friend Kacy since we were 6 years old. She is truly one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. She is humble, intelligent and down right hilarious. She is getting married soon and has graciously asked me to be her matron of honor. I’m so excited for her and to be a part of it all. I just hosted her bridal shower this past Saturday and here are some pictures of all the fun and the desserts I served. The MOST popular dessert by far were my No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

Here is the gorgeous girl herself….stunning right?

Unfortunately, not everything went according to my plans or vision in my head….does it ever? I had planned on making a large 12×18 sheet cake. Well, I underestimated how much batter I would need since I’ve never made a cake that large. Therefore, I had to act quickly and made my tried and true maple vanilla cupcakes instead. I didn’t have enough time to start all over for the cake. These are by far my favorite cupcakes I have ever eaten. Everybody loves sweets and these are perfect for a party. They are full of maple flavor and vanilla. I like them better than chocolate cupcakes any day, if you can believe that!

Maple Vanilla Cupcakes

Her wedding colors are yellow and dark gray. Regarding the cupcakes, I wrote this recipe a few months ago so this one isn’t oil-free. I didn’t have enough time to test it and rewrite it oil-free. I try to make everything oil-free now or at least very little. This recipe however is absolutely delicious and it is for a special occasion, not something we eat everyday.


Recipe:  Makes a large batch of  two dozen tall cupcakes or 2 1/2 short cupcakes


3 cups flour

1 1/2 cups coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

3/4 cup pure maple syrup grade A

3/4 cup grapeseed oil (for a less fat version, you can use half applesauce and half oil)

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 1/2 tablespoons Madagascar vanilla extract (makes an exceptional vanilla flavor)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with decorative paper liners.

Sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl through a mesh strainer and whisk well. I like to use my hands to really mix them well. In a small bowl, add the milk and lemon juice and stir and set aside for 5 minutes. This will create “buttermilk”. In a separate medium bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients and lightly beat with an electric mixer, until thoroughly mixed. Add the “buttermilk” to the other wet ingredients and stir. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on low, just until combined. Do not over beat! Pour the batter into the lined muffin pans about two-thirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes onto cooling racks to completely cool before icing.

For the icing, I don’t have a recipe, nor did I measure. I literally just threw 4-5 vegan buttery sticks (room temperature) into a large metal bowl. I then added a couple cups of vegan powdered sugar and beat until fluffy and added more until it reached the right consistency. I also added some vanilla extract and a couple tablespoons of almond milk. Beat for several minutes until light and fluffy.

Tip: You can make the icing the day before an event and store in the fridge. Then just re-beat the icing to fluff up again before icing your cupcakes or let it soften to room temperature and pipe out with your favorite piping tip. I personally like to bake my cupcakes the day of an event so they are fresh and fluffy. Just store them in the fridge.

Her wedding theme is gray and yellow with a rustic elegance theme. So, this is what I came up with. She LOVED it!

These red couches at the clubhouse really put a damper on my style!

The centerpieces are glass vases filled with raffia and wood branches for the rustic part and sparkly beaded yellow stems for the elegant part. Placed on gray tablecloths and burlap with scattered pieces of rhinestone and yellow flowers complete the look. I would have loved to use crisp white linens for the tablecloths, but I did have a budget to maintain.

I love the modern look of gray and yellow.

I made the maple vanilla cupcakes, 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies, mint chocolate chip cookie bars and also served chocolate chips made with rice flour. I found these chocolate chips at the store in the shape of actual chips. They were delicious. I had also planned on serving my strawberry mousse shots, but yet again, another plan that failed. I dropped the entire bowl on the floor. It was SO delicious too. I will be posting that recipe soon after I make some more.

The favors I made. They are mason style mini jars filled with yellow sand, vanilla candles and accented with gray thank you stickers and yellow ribbon. Much better than candy favors!

This I had made for the beautiful couple. It was a great surprise that she loved. My goal through all of this was to make her happy. She was a happy girl that day and she deserves it all!

To look at the last party I did, click here!


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Categories: Entertaining Dishes, Gift Ideas, Gluten Free, Party Platters, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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45 Comments on “Maple Vanilla Cupcakes”

  1. February 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM #

    You did an awesome job, looks beautiful (the bride is gorgeous), love the yellow and grey theme. The cupcakes are beautiful you have some made piping skills. The gifts with the yellow sand and candle are so creative and beautiful. So happy everyone had a great time and you managed to cater successfully despite some bumps in the road, the mark of a true professional.

    • February 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

      Thank you so much!! It was so much fun. I wanted to cry about the mousse shots and cake failing…I was so SAD! But it is what it is, and everything worked out and everybody loved the cupcakes. The mint chocolate chip bars were the biggest hit. It was so much work and I’m pooped but so thrilled she was happy!

      • February 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

        Well you would never know about the flubs, it looks like everything was delicious and beautiful. Big Congrats!I know you must be exhausted, and you have a baby so little rest for the weary!!

    • February 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

      Thank you so much’re a sweetheart!

  2. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM #

    Absolutely awesome! You could have a second career if you wanted…;-)

    • February 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      Thank you so much!! And thank you for following my blog! Means a lot to me 🙂

  3. February 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM #

    Oh my gosh you are BOTH gorgeous!! What an adorable event, and those cupcakes are AMAZING!! Great job Brandi!!

  4. February 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    Wow, you are so talented! I loved everything. The centerpieces and favors were amazing and all of your photos look gorgeous!

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM #

      Thank you so much Melanie!! It was a lot of fun creating it all!

  5. February 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    You are a precious friend Brandi!! You are both gorgeous, stunning ladies 🙂
    Love it all – so beautiful, cupcakes and all!!

  6. February 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    Gorgeous job Brandi. You’re a natural events organizer! Love the colour theme, and those cakes look amazing (absolutely perfect piping)!

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM #

      Thank you so much Saskia!! I do enjoy it. I love making cupcakes and decorating them…it’s so fun and makes people smile!

  7. Tiffany Cockrell
    February 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

    Brandi you did an outstanding job! Everything looks beautiful!!

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM #

      Thank you very much Tiffany! I really appreciate your kind words!

  8. February 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM #

    I love hosting events! If you and I got together we could make one incredible team! I always forget something or leave something out though. I guess I just run out of time. This shower looks great and I really wish I could dive into all of those desserts! I really want to give them all a try!

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:33 AM #

      That would be awesome Holly!! 🙂 It’s hard to remember everything to do…I always have a long to do list and paper with notes and check things off as I go…otherwise I’m a mess! Thank you!

  9. February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    Love the cupcakes – and the favors!

  10. February 27, 2013 at 4:27 AM #

    Brandi, what a sweetheart you are! That looks like an amazing event that you hosted – the decor is gorgeous and the desserts! Lady, you have some serious baking skills, plus most of what you make is healthy! I love the combo of yellow and grey too, it’s so modern, clean and sleek. Plus, can I mention how stunning both you and Kacy are? Talk about beautiful ladies!

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM #

      Thanks so much Nancy!! Your compliments made me smile! I love baking like I love air…I can’t get enough of it…I’m sure you can relate!! I wasn’t always good at it and am always working on honing my skills 🙂

  11. February 27, 2013 at 4:36 AM #

    This is such a lovely post Brandi. Able to make quick decision and still whip up a tray of gorgeous cupcakes is so in you. That really needs a cool mind with full talent. Everything you have created for your friend are beautiful and elegant. ….And I thought the lady in gray looks gorgeous too! 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

      Thank you so much Danny! You’re so sweet! It was so much fun, but yes a lot of work..especially with a 1 1/2 yr old baby girl! Somehow it all got done though and the bride was thrilled 🙂

  12. February 27, 2013 at 5:07 AM #

    I think you’ve missed you calling, Brandi. This party was so well designed and your refreshments look delicious.This is one Bride who chose her Matron of Honor very well. 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:36 AM #

      Thanks John! I love designing/crafting/interior design as well as painting when I’m not cooking. I want to create something always no matter what it is..thank you so much! You are so kind!

  13. February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

    Excellent post and great ideas! Thank you Brandi.
    All the best.

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:34 AM #

      Thank you so much Shane for featuring this post and recipe on your news article today! It means so much to me, truly! 🙂

  14. February 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    Wow, great job Brandi! This party looks great and I love the sound of your cupcakes. Sorry to hear about your cake and mousse mishaps but it sounds like everything still came together beautifully. 🙂

  15. February 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM #

    What a fun event! Looks like you did a great job Brandi! That’s a lot of work, and your cupcakes turned out beautifully! Much prettier than a sheet cake!

    • March 1, 2013 at 3:34 AM #

      Thank you so much Somer. Sniff sniff the cake didn’t work out, but I’ll do one another time! 🙂

  16. petit4chocolatier
    February 28, 2013 at 2:32 AM #

    Brandi, you are incredible! You did a wonderful job!! Loving the cupcakes!! I love the favors you designed. Exquisite and warmth! You two are beautiful!

  17. February 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM #

    What you did is truly amazing !

  18. February 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM #

    Wow! You are such a sweet friend–that looks like it was a lot of work, but it paid off wonderfully! I love the decorations and I’m drooling over the food. I can’t believe you dropped a whole bowl of mousse on the ground! That’s so awful–I think I would actually cry if I did that 😦 But glad you salvaged the event and looking forward to the recipe 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM #

      Oh Eika…I literally almost cried. I was so sad…and defeated feeling with the mousse and sheet cake both not working out. When you have a vision in mind and it doesn’t work out…you feel like poop. But, I didn’t have time to feel like that for long and had to act quick so cupcakes saved the day!! Thank you girl!

  19. March 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM #

    Congrats, Brandi ! You delivered a wondeful job! That looked like a lot of hard work though! Your friend is one lucky woman, to have you i her life! Those cupcakes look amazing & must be so tasty too! Another must make of yours! 🙂 MMMMMMM!

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM #

      Thank you so much Sophie! The cupcakes are truly the best I’ve ever had! I prefer vanilla cupcakes over chocolate when it comes to cupcakes!

      • March 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM #

        🙂 I prefer chocolate ones!

  20. March 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM #

    you are both so beautiful, and the cupcakes turned out perfectly!! It’s always such a bummer when things don’t turn out the way you planned but these cupcakes were a great fall-back option 🙂

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM #

      You’re so sweet! Thank you so much! Yes, the cupcakes saved the day 🙂

  21. March 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM #

    Everything looked gorgeous…including you and your friend! What a wonderful celebration!


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