Yellow Cupcakes with Homemade Frosting (better than the box!)

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Adapted from Joy of Cooking, this Yellow Cupcake recipe is way better than the box ones from the grocery store. Yes, these do include sugar but I use white whole-wheat flour, and you can guarantee there are no unwanted ingredients. These cupcakes come out so fluffy. Be sure to top them with homemade frosting for your next birthday or special event.
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Both of my daughters typically request yellow birthday cake over chocolate, which consistently leaves me wondering if there was a mix up at birth. Almost every year we have the same conversation where I ask, “What kind of cake do you want for your birthday…chocolate or yellow?” and the answer I get is “yellow.” Then I immediately follow up with, “Are you sure? You don’t want chocolate???” But no matter how hard I try I can’t win them over, although one year I did get my older daughter to agree to a yellow AND chocolate marbled cake, which turned out to be a win-win for everyone. :)

So as promised (on Facebook a couple weeks ago), below is the yellow cupcake/cake recipe we’ve been using. And while this recipe below (originally from Joy of Cooking) contains sugar and some white flour – both against our real food rules – I recognize this is WAY better than the store bought boxed version that many have relied on for years and that unfortunately contains a lot of unwanted additives (like hydrogenated oils)! And for the homemade frosting I even used all natural beet juice for the pretty pink color you see in the photos. For a less girly look feel free to experiment with small amounts of other colored juices as well (I froze the leftover juice in an ice cube tray since it didn’t take much). So for those occasions which are truly special – like birthdays! – we hope you enjoy this homemade treat with your loved ones.

I am admittedly horrible at decorating cakes so here are some links to the supplies that helped me pull these together:

Icing Cupcakes

Click for the frosting recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am trying to make this cake right now, lol, and I have no idea what to do with the egg whites… how many go in the milk mixture and how many in the sugar

  2. I know this is old but this cake flour is giving me a hard time! I found unbleached but it’s made in a places that processes nuts! Can’t use! Can I sub pastry flour for the cake?? Thx! We made the cupcakes and they are great but just saw on the cake flour box that it’s not but free so I can’t send to school!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. We’ve not tried using pastry flour so we can’t predict the outcome but I think I’d give it a whirl. If you do, let us know how it works. ~Amy

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Heather. Cake flour is a finely ground flour used in many cake recipes. It has a lower protein content (about 8) compared to all-purpose flour (10-11%). The extra protein helps to add structure to cakes. It may have a different name in Denmark? ~Amy

  3. Hi!
    What can I use if I don’t have white cake flour? all purpose flour? I have spelt, almond flour, brown rice flour…Thanks!

  4. 3 stars
    I have made this recipe twice now. It was a tasty cake for my son’s birthday, but it was just too dry. Has anyone else had this problem?

  5. How would you use this recipe to make a dry cake mix without making a cake out of it? I want to use it in a recipe that calls for just yellow cake mix. How could I adjust it for that?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Lauren. Well, that is not something we’ve done. I suppose you could replace the milk and vanilla with powdered forms? ~Amy

  6. Hi! I was wondering if all your recipes can be substituted with gluten free all purpose flour or a combo of almond and coconut flour. I love all your recipes on your website, but sometimes I would like to make them gluten free. Thanks!

  7. I used this recipe along with the frosting #1 to make a 5 layered rainbow cake for my daughter’s birthday. I used beets, carrots, swiss chard, lemon, and blueberries for the colors and it was amazing! Not only was it beautiful to look at, the kids LOVED it! Thank you for doing what you do and providing us with recipes and knowledge to help our families!

  8. Is one recipe equal to one boxed cake mix? I can’t wait to make this for our youngest FIRST Birthday Celebration this weekend!! Thanks

  9. I commented earlier with a question about how to make the buttercream frosting into chocolate. I added 3/4 c cocoa powder and it was perfect! Love having 100 Days as my “go-to” for real food recipes. Keep up the great work!

  10. too get color in them can’t you make the frosting and then put a little bit in a bag like one that frozen raspberries come in and mix in bag to pick up any colored juices from the berries then mix with the rest and whisk it though the rest of the frosting… should taste better than beet juice too,lol

  11. I plan on making these for an end of year party at church. Do I need to make the whipped cream frosting right before the party, or will it keep for a couple of hours in the fridge?

  12. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this chocolate cake recipe. I made cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday party and everyone loved them! I will never use a boxed mix again. The frosting is fantastic, too. Best ever! I was interested in how to make the frosting chocolate? How much cocoa powder would you have to add to balance it out? Thanks!

  13. I am thinking about how to make an “almost” unprocessed party for my daughter who is turning 5 this summer. Can someone tell me if they have made icing with cream cheese sweetened with honey? and then try to dye that icing? I was thinking just doing different flavored muffins/cupcakes in cute muffin holders with icing. And the snacks would consist of popcorn(fresh with olive oil/salt) and pretzels (processed hard to find good tasting non-processed ones)veges with dip already in plastic cup (saw on pintrest) and fruit leathers from traders J. Any other suggestions and icing info are appreciated!

  14. If using this recipe for a pan rather than cupcakes, do you know what size pan it will make? Thank you so much!

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I’ll be using 10″ pans and wonder if I need to double it for 2 cake pans.

  15. Can I use just regular flour if I don’t have white cake flour? Or would the results be just a very dense cupcake.

  16. Whole foods sells some natural colors..there are just 4. They are expensive !

    For frosting I make a butter cream and then I make some reduce of fruit like blueberries, straberries, etc..and at room tempeture added to the frosting and you get a nice color and flavor frosting! also I use the fruit for the cupcakes. Blueberries cupcakes with blueberries frosting.

  17. Have used pomegranate juice too for a pretty blush pink icing- and you get a little fruity tang in the sweetness-

  18. Hi…wondering why you don’t use whole wheat pastry flour? I get much better results than with the white whole wheat. More tender product.

  19. Any tips on how to get other colors naturally, like blue or green? Btw you’re an inspiration – I make your recipes regularly and your example has changed our lives (me + 3 boys and one hubby)

  20. Can you bake these the day before and leave on the countertop? I’m guessing it would be best to frost them the same day…?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Michelle. They will be fine if you let them cool completely and then put them in an airtight container. If you plan on keeping them more than a day or two, I usually freeze in order to keep them fresh. ~Amy

  21. Hi. I made these yesterday for my daughters 3rd birthday party. They turned out fairly fluffy however they were not moist at all. Semi-dry if anything. The flavor was good, what could I possibly do different to get a more moist cupcake? Thanks a bunch!!!

  22. Sorry one more question — I have been making cupcakes with all white whole wheat flour and feel they are a little dense.

    Your recipe calls for:
    1â…” cup white cake flour
    1 cup white whole-wheat flour

    Is White Cake Flour the same as White All Purpose Flour? Does this make it a lighter/fluffier cupcake mixing them?


    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kathryn. Cake flour is more fine with higher starch content than APF and does lighten the texture. ~Amy

  23. Where does one find beet juice?
    Can you use pom juice instead to dye pink?

    Any other suggestions for natural dyes/sprinkles?


    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi. Beet juice can be found in almost any grocery store. You’ll find it with tomato juice and such. I don’t see why Pom juice wouldn’t work but beet juice is a lot of concentrated color. :) If you go to the India Tree website, they have lots of options for natural dyes and accessories. ~Amy

  24. Love your info! We used beet juice to frost cookies! Can these stay out of fridge until the teacher serves them at school?? Thanks!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Margo. The whipped cream frosting can get pretty soft. I would wait to frost them until pretty close to serving unless they are kept cold. ~Amy

  25. Yum! So I tried to use this recipe to make a two layer birthday cake. First layer came out perfect and the second one crumbled into pieces. Maybe something to do with not folding in the egg whites enough? I sifted all of my flour and put my milk and eggs on the counter a bit before. My cake came out perfectly fluffy. Next time I’ll just put it in a square pan and call it a day or make cupcakes. I was able to use the first layer and ended up with a cute yet flat cake:) I used the first recipe for frosting. My husband excitedly told me it tasted like costco frosting!! Which is great because we don’t buy cakes from there anymore because a. They are mega processed and b. We now have a child with a severe nut allergy. I made the frosting without the color and then tried to color a little bit of it with blueberries. But I think it was too much liquid and the texture got weird and the color didn’t take. So I ended up mixing some with some blue colored sugar I found at whole foods and a very small drop of the “junk” purple frosting which colored all the frosting I needed for decorating. So all in all it was a good compromise. My daughter insisted on purple frosting but I feel like I dramatically cut out the processed ingredients and artificial colors that would have been in a bakery cake. Just a word of warning the whole process took quite a long time! Thanks for the great recipe! Have you ever experimented with coconut sugar instead of white sugar?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Franki. Lisa hasn’t used coconut sugar in her recipes. I use it often, especially in my coffee, but I do bake with it, too. It is certainly not as sweet as refined sugar…which I like. ~Amy

  26. I was looking for a strewberry cake mix that is whole food. I’m thinken about adding a homemade strewberry sauce to the yellow cake mix and then cooking but not for sure if it will just be flat. Do you have any suggestions

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there, Jenapher. Lisa hasn’t tried her hand at a strawberry cake. If you experiment, let us know how it goes. :) ~Amy

  27. I made a carrot cake fore my daughters birthday and am looking for a substitute for powdered sugar. Any suggestions? I don’t want to use stevia or agave and am not sure how maple syrup or hone will do consistency wise? Thanks for the suggestions

  28. 5 stars
    Wow, what a great recipe! I have been searching all day for a cupcake recipe and (stupidly) didn’t think to come here. What do you think I could do to make it a chocolate cupcake? Chocolate cupcakes are a favorite treat around my house. Thanks a bunch. Love the blog! Keep up the amazing work. ;)

  29. 5 stars
    This is a great frosting recipe. The amount of butter scared me at first but once you realize you’re only eating one cupcake, it’s not so bad. I also want to mention I follow a lot of blogs and this one has the best lay-out. I love that each recipe has it’s own box around it. I leave a blog immediately if the recipe isn’t condensed into one nice area and easy to find. Who has time to search? Thanks for the great recipes and ideas!

  30. 5 stars
    Just stopping in to say that I made these cupcakes for my daughter’s first birthday party. I made these cupcakes twice. The first time that I made these cupcakes, I substituted all-purpose flour and corn starch for the cake flour. The cupcakes came out tasting kind of like corn bread which I discovered was from using the all-purpose flour. The next time I made them I used cake flour and it was very good! So in my experience using cake flour and sifting the flour a few times will result in less dense and more fluffy cake. Hope that helps anyone making these!

  31. I was wondering if you have ever tried making a whipped cream with pure coconut milk? I’ve heard it works but have yet to try it.

  32. Hi,

    I wanted to make cupcakes for children at my son’s school. I was wondering if I put the icing on the cupcakes in the morning (7:30am), will they melt or they will be fine till 12pm?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Aditi. If the cupcakes are cool when you put on the frosting and are kept relatively cool, they will be fine. ~Amy

  33. Made these yesterday. Cake was maybe a little denser than a box mix but that may have been from using all whole wheat pastry flour rather than part white. Nonetheless, they were delicious and everyone loved them! Kids asked to have cupcakes this morning for breakfast. Used frosting #1 which was very sweet (even a little too sweet for our taste buds at this point?) but we still had no trouble gobbling them up and kids kept saying they needed another taste of the frosting. I substituted 6 oz cream cheese for 1 stick of butter and didn’t need any milk for the frosting. Next time I will just add the sugar more slowly, tasting as I go. Really needed only a little bit of beet juice – maybe like 2 tsp? It turned out bubblegum pink and there was no beet flavor at all. Thank you for another great recipe!

  34. This was my first not-from-a-box homemade yellow cake and it was a big hit. I made it as a round cake with the tie-die frosting posted on this site with a chocolate cake recipe. The cake is very dense as others mentioned so I served it with strawberries, the extra whip cream icing and extra berry sauce for people to scoop/ pour on top. I agree that it was a lot like shortcake. So delicious! By the end of the evening the cake was pretty droopy so I would recommend not icing it too far in advance. Thanks for the recipe Lisa- and for all your help leaving those chemical laden cake mixes behind!

  35. Any suggestions for chocolate frosting or maybe blue frosting (maybe using blue berries)? My sons bday is coming up and pink frosting just won’t fly with him. Thanks!!!

  36. If I use frosting recipe 1can the cupcakes be left out on the counter after they are frosted or do they need to be put in the fridge? If they can be left out will it be ok to leave them out for a few days? Just trying to figure out what to do with any leftovers. Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sarah. I personally don’t leave frosted cupcakes out. I typically freeze left overs without frosting them and pull them out and frost as needed. They stay very fresh tasting that way. ~Amy

  37. 5 stars
    I made this recipe into a cake for my daughter’s birthday. It was absolutely delicious!! I had several compliments. The cake was fairly dense, but I cut the cake in half and put a home made strawberry sauce between the layers and then topped it with the #2 frosting recipe (sweetened whipped cream). It was very similar to strawberry shortcake. Thank you for the recipe! I will absolutely make this again.

  38. 4 stars
    So I am not a baker by any means, but I tried this recipe yesterday and my cupcakes came out REALLY dense. Could I have done something wrong or is it supposed to be that way? Any tips on what to do differently to make them lighter? Also, I made the 1st frosting recipe and definitely added too much beet juice because the frosting tastesd terrible :( I think I will try berries to dye the frosting next time just in case I put too much in :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Madison. It is really difficult to tell what may or may not have happened. Including whole grain flour does make the result a bit more dense than what you might be used to. Also, the addition of beet juice really should not have influenced the icing flavor much at all. Best of luck on your next try! ~Amy

    2. The most likely problem (other than the whole wheat flour) is overmixing once you add the beaten egg whites.
      Mix very very gently, and only until it’s just mixed.
      Third most likely is old baking powder, because it’s a leavening agent too.

  39. How does the second pink frosting recipe (the one pictured) do on cupcakes that are stored at room temp? I need to make cupcakes this weekend for my daughter’s birthday that is not going to be held at our home. So, they will be at room temp for a bit.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Melissa. They will be okay at room temperature for a little while as long as the room temperature isn’t too warm. Enjoy your party. ~Amy

  40. Do you have the baking time for this as a sheet cake? My 4 year old has requested a soccer cake, which is easy peasy: spinach in the icing, figurines on top. Easier than last year’s lavender elephant request….

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Melanie. That would completely depend on the size and thickness of the cake. If you are sticking to this recipe, then I would guess somewhere between 30 and 38 minutes…but that’s a guess and I would keep a close eye on it. ~Amy

  41. Lisa, what a brilliant idea you have with the foil packets.

    This might just be the perfect way to prepare food. It is quick and easy. There is virtually no clean up. It also locks in flavor and nutrients.

    I can’t find a single flaw here!

    I agree with you about children stressing over food. We all want them to make healthier decisions but we also want them to be there decisions.

    There is no easy answer here.

    I think if we introduce them to a wide variety of delicious and nutritional food, along with the occasional junk food then they will find a good balance.

  42. What is it about these ingredients that makes them unprocessed? I’m at a loss…

    whole-wheat flour
    baking powder
    vanilla extract

    1. I believe she mentioned in the intro that these don’t fit the exact guidelines of “unprocessed”–only that they were better than a box cake.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Michele. No, we have not tried that. Please share your experience if you do. : ) ~Amy

  43. This recipe is very similar to my own that I made for my daughter’s preschool graduation. Unfortunately I overheard someone behind me tell their 2 year old son not to try one as they were an “acquired” taste just for grownups! She said that the other cupcakes made from the funfetti box mix were for the kids. That bummed me out. When did vanilla cupcakes become an acquired taste?

  44. Does the frosting taste like beets? I have made green frosting with spinach and it tasted great…but the next day tasted a little like greens. We ate it anyway!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Theresa. Both Lisa’s family and the “tasters” didn’t detect a hint of beet. :) ~Amy

  45. I made an icing similar to this the other day, but I used strawberry puree instead of beet juice. YUM! (It came out much lighter in color, but oh so tasty.)

  46. The strawberries look great on top of the cupcakes. For kids birthdays, I also like to use cupcake rings or picks as an alternative to making cutsy things with artificial colored frosting, candy and sprinkles. I find the colors are just not vibrant enough in naturally colored sugar, frosting and candies or the items simply do not exist replicate pictures I find on the internet. When I think of the cute themed cakes/cupcakes I made for my 3 daughters birthdays before giving up artificial colors, I would have never been able to recreate them using natural colors, sigh. Anyway I found pink ballet slipper cupcake rings at our local cake decorating store for my 6 year-olds ballet themed party this past winter and princess cupcake picks on etsy for my 3 year-olds preschool treat & party. I feel a little guilty about the environmental waste of using picks, but when my daughter’s preschool friends all bring in these fancy hypercolored bakery creations, white frosting and sprinkles just won’t cut it. I really wish there were more naturally colored decorating options, so I could go back to making fun themed cakes and cupcakes again like my Mom did for my brother and I.

  47. The recipe looks great and will be our dessert for our Memorial Day gathering and probably also our Father’s Day cake! Any ideas on making the frosting a bit more of a “manly” color? (I live in a household filled with boys!)

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all that you do!

  48. I was both puzzled and amused by you calling them “yellow” cupcakes. In Australia we would call them vanilla cupcakes rather than go by colour!

    1. They are called yellow cupcakes because they use WHOLE eggs and thus are yellow in color, this differentiates them from WHITE cupcakes which use only egg whites and thus are white in color.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Angie. I think Lisa purchased a bottle of beet juice for this recipe. You can, however, google “how do you make beet juice” and there are several step by step vidoes. :) ~Amy

  49. Stacie Griswold

    These sound yummy! I absolutely love your blog and have found lots of recipes that are in our weekly rotation. Thanks for all the wonderful information:)
    Happy Birthday! I turn 36 tomorrow too:)

  50. So, not to sound demanding or anything, but my little boy and mother-in-law both like strawberry cake. Is it possible to turn this recipe into a strawberry flavored one? Maybe reduce the liquid and add pureed strawberries? Or does anyone have a different recipe? Thanks!

    1. Try this recipe from Martha Stewart
      It is featured in her cupcake book book and is AMAZING! It’s actually the reason I bought the book. Plus, the recipe features a swiss meringue buttercream frosting base, which is the best white frosting recipe I have ever made!

      Incidentally, my go to Yellow Buttermilk Cupcake recipe is featured in this book. Though I can’t wait to try the beet juice in the buttercream fossting when I make cupcakes for my daughters’ birthdays next week and the week after.

      1. Thanks for the tip! If I’m understanding correctly, it looks like the cupcakes would have diced strawberries in them. Do you think I could puree the strawberries? I don’t think my boy would like pieces of strawberry in it.

      2. I would guess you could, as you originally said, remove some liquid and replace it with puree. In my opinion fruit puree always tastes watery. My solution has been to simmer it until it starts to thicken; steaming off some of the liquid and concentrating the natural sugars. I would also ommit some of the sugar in the recipe, as concentrated straberry puree will add to the sweetness, and the more sugar in a recipe the easier it will brown.

  51. Happy birthday! This post was perfect timing. We’re celebrating my stepson’s 9th birthday tomorrow and I was going to make cupcakes. I didn’t bake the original recipe that I had planned & made this one instead. I dropped the time to 20 minutes to check if they were done. They look a little overdone, but I haven’t tasted them yet. And there were some crumbs on the toothpick. I’m not making another batch of cupcakes for tomorrow so these will have to do. I’ll be making the icing in the morning. Thanks for the recipe! I’m glad I didn’t have to resort to using a box mix!

    1. The cupcakes taste great! They were just a little darker than I would have liked. Here’s a question: I have boys – what would be good to use to make boy colors for the icing? They definitely wouldn’t appreciate pink cupcakes. :)

      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I like the idea of using the blueberries or blackberries to create the blue. I’m afraid if I tried the red cabbage idea that I’d add too much baking soda and it would taste disgusting.

  52. Hey Lisa,
    I may not live on your street, but I am a neighbor… So next time you need taste testers we can stop by. :) My super sensory taster kids are the perfect guinea pigs.

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY spring chicken!

  53. Hey Lisa,
    I may not live on your street, but I am a neighbor… So next time you need taste testers we can stop by. :) My super sensory taster kids are the perfect guinea pigs.

  54. Happy Birthday to you! I just had my 36th birthday last Saturday and my 15yo daughter made a rich chocolate cake with salted caramel icing from scratch for me. We bake just about everything from scratch and my kids love being in the kitchen! I thoroughly enjoy your blog, keep it up!

  55. Thanks for the recipes. I made homemade frosting a few weeks back, with a recipe similar to yours. But instead of beet juice I added pureed strawberries. I pureed fresh strawberries in a small food processor and added a bit at a time to the frosting mixture. I was just experimenting to see how it would turn out. And it turned out pretty good. The frosty had a slight pink tint and it tasted good.

  56. It is so hard to get a good light and fluffy yellow cake. Was your cake light or a little on the dense side? Did you let your milk and eggs warm up to room temp. before using?

  57. Can wait to make these tomorrow. This post was so timely! I literally got online to search for a new yellow cupcake strawberry recipe because the ones I just made from Food Network were a complete FLOP! This look great, I will be making them exactly like your picture for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and THANK YOU for posting this today! Love your website and recipes!

  58. Do you have any cake recipes that are dairy free? I love your blog but struggle with some recipes because I have a dairy intolerance. It’s so difficult to find a good cake and frosting recipe without dairy.

  59. Lisa, do you have any recommendations for good egg substitutes for baking? I am trying to plan for my 10 month old daughter’s first birthday cake, and we just found out that she is allergic to eggs, soy & oats-nightmare for my real food baking!

    1. Chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute. Soak 1 tablespoon in 3 tablespoons of water for about 5 minutes and it will make a gel-like mixture

    2. Try googling “flax eggs”. It is just ground flax seed and water mixed together and works wonderfully as an egg substitute in baking but I’m not sure of the flax/water ratio off the top of my head.

  60. Happy birthday! I’ve been wanting to try beet juice to color my butter cream frosting. They are always such a pretty shade of pink!

    Regarding the survey, I know you didn’t ask this, but I am an e-mail subscriber and it would be so nice if you allowed the whole post to show up in the e-mail, instead of having to click onto the website. And then it’s even worse if you get to the website and there is only a portion of the feed THERE and you have to click again.

    I usually read blogs on my phone when I have a few spare minutes and the ones that I have to click thru, I usually just skip.

    It’s a little thing, but it would be nice to not have to click and wait for page to load (twice).


    1. Ener-G egg replacer is really good too. You can find it online on Amazon or at Whole Foods. I use it for cookies and muffins. Also, applesauce works well for egg replacer if you are needing it for binding instead of leavening. The cake may not rise as much and just be a bit denser.

  61. Just making sure- For the 100% whole wheat flour you used regular whole wheat flour not whole wheat pastry flour?

    1. I don’t know which she used, but the pastry flour I buy in bulk is made from SOFT white wheat, which is 100% whole wheat. Regular white wheat flour is from HARD white wheat (also 100% whole wheat). You could probably use either in this recipe. Pastry flour is good for this type of recipe though. You just wouldn’t want to use it for making bread because it has a different protein content and wouldn’t be strong enough for bread.

    2. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Deana. Lisa uses King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat Flour. It is probably similar to what DeAnne uses but is not a pastry flour. ~Amy

  62. Oops, I meant to add that even though it’s a lot of work, I really enjoy making homemade cakes for my kids. The icing especially always tastes so much better than what’s at the store (excluding perhaps only Dr. Oetker brand).

  63. How timely! My kids and I just made yellow cupcakes an hour ago for the 3yo’s birthday, also tomorrow. Your recipe looks a bit healthier than the one we used, so we’ll try it next year. Happy birthday!

  64. Regardig beet juice: I have never looked for it, but found lots of references to beet (or beetroot) juice available–one from Walmart (not that I shop there!). But found directions for making it without a juicer:
    aking Beet Juice Without a Juicer

    A juicer is helpful when it comes to making all kinds of juices, but it is not essential. There are other ways to create healthy and delicious juice from beets and other vegetables and fruits.

    Ingredients and Tools
    One to three fresh beets
    Paring knife
    Vegetable peeler
    1/4 cup water
    Clean and peel the beets.
    Chop the beets as finely as you are able. The finer the job you do, the easier your blender will be able to juice them.
    Add the beets to the blender with about 1/4 cup of water.
    Blend well.
    If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water until it reaches the consistency you desire.
    Strain the juice through a piece of cheese cloth to get the pulp and any large pieces of vegetable out.
    Hope this helps..I plan to make the cupcakes too.

  65. Do you have a similar cupcake recipe for chocolate lovers? My son is turning 4 and he loves chocolate cupcakes. I would like to make homemade cupcakes for him.

  66. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great recipe! I love cake from scratch! My hubby doesn’t eat frosting of any kind so I never frost our cakes unless it is a special occasion.

  67. 5 stars
    Sounds like the old 1-2-3-4 cake recipe…awesome! But why not try honey instead of the white sugar? I just made a spice pound cake using honey and it was so moist even after 3 days! Yeah we waited 3 days to eat it because our Bee Master had to judge it first. Hardest thing we’ve done in a long time. lol But it was worth it! ;)

    1. You can honestly get it at any store in a can of cooked beets! But I bought beet juice (to drink) at either Earth Fare or Trader Joe’s (sorry I don’t remember)!

    1. I am hoping either my husband or my daughters (with his help) will make me a chocolate cake with this frosting recipe…that would be the perfect combo for me! But I enjoy baking so as long as we get cake that is all that matters :)

  68. Growing up my mom would use strawberry juice in whip cream to make it light pink and use that to “ice” our cakes. A little less sugar and very yummy.

  69. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been looking for a homemade yellow cake box style recipe. Now I can make cupcakes! Yum! This goes against my dieting rules though—trying to avoid sugar!

  70. Two questions: does the beet juice give a hint of beet taste? and
    can you use the cupcake recipe for a cake also? (dumb question, I know)

    1. Maxine – You can most definitely bake a cake with this recipe and we did not taste the beet juice at all. I also got a couple neighbors to try the cupcakes and they didn’t say a word about the beet juice (I didn’t even mention it was in there!).