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Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes (Small Batch Cupcakes for Spring)

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Learn how to make Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes with my small batch cupcake recipe. Make them in a toaster oven or regular oven & decorate them in no time!
Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes for Spring (Small Batch Cupcakes) This recipe makes just 4 cupcakes and are so easy to decorate.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Spring must be the cutest season when it comes to baking! My point being there are many great things happening in Spring that you can replicate in a dessert and/or baked good. Case and point would be my adorable Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes!

I took my Best Ever Vanilla Cake recipe and modified it into a small batch of cupcakes that yields 4 Big & Bold cupcakes. My cupcake recipes are the perfect size to fit in a toaster oven however they can also be made in a regular oven too.  The timing and temperature for your toaster oven will be the same as your regular oven.

Don’t underestimate the power of a toaster oven! They are fantastic pieces of kitchen equipment and are great for baking. Often they are used in shared living spaces, dorms or by people with limited kitchens but I think they are great for everyone.

Did you see my other Small Batch Cupcakes for Spring recipes? Check out my Carrot Cake Cupcake, Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes and the written recipe for these Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes further below.

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You might look at this cupcakes and say, “I can’t decorate like that!”. But you can, and I’ll show you how easy it is!

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I know this because I’m not the best cake decorator. But I’ll share with you some easy ways to make desserts look impressive so don’t be afraid to try it.

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Gemma's Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes (Small Batch Cupcakes for Spring)

4 from 14 votes
Learn how to make Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes with my small batch cupcake recipe. Make them in a toaster oven or regular oven & decorate them in no time!
Author: Gemma Stafford adapted from The Melrose Family Blog
Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Learn how to make Baby Chick Vanilla Cupcakes with my small batch cupcake recipe. Make them in a toaster oven or regular oven & decorate them in no time!
Author: Gemma Stafford adapted from The Melrose Family Blog
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) buttermilk*
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz/60g) butter
  • 2/3 cups (3 ⅓ oz/100g) a.p flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • ½ cup (115g/4oz) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cups (115g/4oz) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • Yellow food dye
  • Orange food dye
  • Black food dye
  • White chocolate

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, butter and vanilla extract together until combined.
  • In the wet ingredients add in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Slowly mix the dry into the wet ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Do not overmix as it can toughen your cupcakes.
  • Pour the batter into 4 cupcake liners almost to the top.
  • Bake at 350of (180oC) for 15-17 minutes, or until they are firm in the middle and don’t appear damp. This recipe bakes fast.
  • Once baked, take them out of the tin and cool on a baking rack until cold.
  • To make the frosting: beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until light and creamy. Add the sugar while the mixer is still running. Increase to high speed and continue beating until the buttercream is light and fluffy. Add in the milk and vanilla and whip in.
  • Color the buttercream with yellow food coloring until you have reached your desired color.
  • Store in the fridge if not using straight away.
  • Make the feet, nose and eyes: Melt some white chocolate. Divide it between 2 bowls and color them orange and black. Scoop into a piping bag and cut a tiny hole
  • Pipe the nose, eyes and feet on a piece of parchment paper and place in the fridge to set
  • To Decorate: Fit a piping bag with a large round nozzle and fill with your yellow buttercream frosting
  • Point the piping bag straight down and pipe a big dollop of buttercream for the chicks body
  • On top of that, pipe a small dollop for the chicks head (dollop is the only word I think best describes it)
  • Carefully place on the feet, eyes and nose.
  • Once decorated store the cupcakes in the fridge for up to 4 days. Let them reach room temperature before eating.

Recipe Notes

* How to make Buttermilk: For every Cup of Buttermilk needed mix 1 cup of regular milk with 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice or white vinegar. Mix and let it stand for a minimum of 30 minutes before using
If you don’t have a small cupcake tray use silicone cupcake liners
Eggs: Replace the egg with the same amount of apple sauce/puree or banana

 

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BiBi Love
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BiBi Love
6 months ago

Hi Gemma!
Happy Easter and thank you for the delicious vanilla cake and buttercream frosting recipes. I made the 4 baby chick cupcakes and they were a huge hit! Not as perfect as yours but totally sincere. I was proud. 😀 I posted a picture. My son and granddaughter have the same birthday..turned 36 and 5. They LOVED!! I’ve also made the big layered cake version. It’s the best cake and frosting ever..hands down..and you’re as cute as a bug. Thanks angel. I’m so grateful you’re Gemma. xxx ~BiBi

Arij
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Arij
11 months ago

Hello how many eggs would I need to make a batch of 24 cupcakes please?

Latchumi
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Latchumi
1 year ago

Hi.. I tried this recipe today… I followed all the measurements exactly as u mentioned… But cupcakes were gummy.. But when I checked with toothpick it came out clean…is there any specific reason for gummy cupcakes?

Akari
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Akari
1 year ago

Hi Gemma I tried this recipe out today. I was really looking forward to the cupcakes because I love your videos, but the cupcakes failed. Could I ask for your advice as to what went wrong? The batter turned out to be a very runny consistency. The cupcakes were very wet and gummy. I baked them for at least 25 minutes but they just became harder on the outside but still wet and gummy on the inside. a) I used a convection oven, preheated to 180 degrees. Does it matter that my oven had no overhead heating element, like the… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah
2 years ago

I love your vanilla cake but this recipe was a disaster for me. I used room temp butter and couldn’t get the chunks to disappear. Result was gummy, inedible cupcakes. Huge disappointment.

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Hi Gemma,

Trying your recipe for the first time….just for future reference though, is it possible to make this without using eggs? If so what should I use and how much?
Also, my batter did not come out as thick as yours it was more fluid…what could’ve gone wrong? And it also served 6…very confused here.

Maanasi
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Maanasi
2 years ago

HI Gemma,

I watch ur videos all the time! I just started baking and I made one of your cookies and they turned out great!! I was so happy. Moving onto cupcakes now so I thought this would be the best recipe..

Quick question. When we make the buttermilk with regular milk and lemon juice do we wait for it to turn to curd? ANd then beat it until it becomes buttermilk consistency?

Thx soooo much…Love from India

xAnnat
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xAnnat
2 years ago

Hi Gemma. For this recipe, is the cupcake really sweet when the frosting is on it? Because my family complains that its too sweet. So can I reduce the sugar in the cupcake so that when i add the frosting it, the sweetness will even out? If I can, how much sugar should I use in the cupcake recipe?

xAnnat
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xAnnat
2 years ago

Hi Gemma! I love your recipes and they always work for me. But anyway, for this recipe, do I need to have buttermilk, or is it optional? Thank you!

Alex
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Alex
2 years ago

Hi Gemma.. I am a big fan of you and your recipes..Glad that I found you through one of my friends hashtags on instagram 😀 ..I have tried many recipes of yours which have been a huge success..

Can you tell me if the brownsugar is mandatory for this recipe or if I can substitute it with normal icing sugar i.e, a total of 4.5 tbsp of sugar as per the recipe(2 ½ tablespoons sugar + 2 tablespoons brown sugar)

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