My little sis had her baby shower on Saturday. She lives several hours away but since I used to live over 20 hours away from any family, there was no way I was going to let a measly three hour drive keep me away.

I brought along these baby shower cupcakes to celebrate. Aren’t they adorable? Of course I can’t take any credit for the design. I originally saw them posted on Deborah’s site, Taste and Tell, so I checked out the original post on and knew I had to try them.

They were a cinch to make and turned out so cute (although not quite as cute as the original from Wilton). I used Erica’s recipe for her Best Buttermilk cupcakes, and oh my, they are definitely the best and may even be my new go-to recipe for from-scratch cupcakes.

They are moist and flavorful and the frosting is divine. Check out Wilton’s site for the how-to on making the baby part of the cupcakes. I’ve included the fantastic buttermilk cupcake recipe below.

Baby, Baby Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 24-28 cupcakes.

Baby, Baby Cupcakes


  • 3 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 extra-large eggs at room temperature (yes, extra-large makes a difference!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (here is a guide for making your own buttermilk)
  • 2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • Frosting:
  • I halved the recipe below and had enough to frost 28 cupcakes plus about 2 cups to spare, so beware, this recipe makes a lot of frosting!
  • 1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about five minutes (of course this would work with a handheld mixer, also). With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in one cup of the coconut.
  3. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean (don’t overbake or cupcakes will be dry!). Allow to cool in the pan for five minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
  5. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut (of course, I didn’t sprinkle the coconut on top of my baby cupcakes, but that would be a delicious alternative to making baby cupcakes).

Recipe Source: adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

48 Responses to Baby, Baby Cupcakes

  1. babyninja says:

    GREAT POST!!! oh my gosh! pretty fondant! easy rolled curly cues for hair..for the blush in the cheeks some pink.Thanks for the post!

  2. Kerri says:

    Hi Mel! These are just the cutest.
    I’m thinking I will make chocolate cupcakes, then make them into these for a shower this weekend (I’ve been waiting for an excuse since I first saw them!). I’m just wondering if you had any issues with the cute little hair curls breaking when traveling with them, or the smiles breaking when you put the pacifier on top?

    • Mel says:

      Kerri – I haven’t made these in years but I don’t remember having issues with the curls or smiles breaking. I would suggest making the curls quite thick and even storing them separately and putting them on right before serving if you have to travel a fair amount. Good luck!

  3. sofaia says:

    Made these for a baby shower at work, but made them gluten free for the mom-to-be. Baked vanilla gluten free cupcakes and used your frosting recipe- can you say yummy? Especially love what the almond extract added to the taste. Was happy to find out the candy melts, frosting tint, and spearmint lifesavers were gluten free too. Thank you so Mel for providing such incredible recipes! You never cease to amaze me.

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  5. Melanie says:

    Trina Fey – I can’t imagine your comment is serious but at the risk of offending you by deleting your comment, I’ll just respond by saying I believe in moderation when it comes to food – then you don’t have to worry about childhood obesity but can still enjoy cupcakes and frosting. Thanks for your opinion, though.

  6. Melanie Anne says:

    Those are darling!! I love them.

  7. grace says:

    that’s what i like to call perfect execution of an ingenious idea. they’re too cute for words, melanie, and congrats to your sister!

  8. Melanie says:

    Erica – I just used normal sized cupcakes for these.

  9. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I used the peach color of Wilton gel colorings. If you click on the link in the post above that takes you to the Wilton site, it has the specific color. Let me know if you have other questions!

  10. blakeley says:

    I finally made your cupcake recipe–these are so delicious! I realized after I made these that I have the exact same recipe in my Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa” cookbook, but I’ve only made them once before. I’m glad I stumbled upon your post about these because it gave me a reason to make them again,since I didn’t realize it was the same recipe until I ate one. I’m glad that you reduced the icing because I remember having WAY too much frosting, too. In fact, I halved your halved recipe for the icing and still had just a bit extra. I think your baby cupcakes are so adorable and, if I’m ever feeling super ambitious, I may try them. I agree with one of your commenters that yours are way cuter than the one on the Wilton site (I think someone said that, anyway–if not, I’ll say it). You are so talented! Thanks, as always, for sharing your recipes with us. I have so much fun checking your blog every couple of days for new recipes. It’s like having my own little cooking magazine online. Thanks for saving me the price of a subscription!

  11. Erica says:

    I have a question. Did you use the regular sized cupcake tins or did you use a bigger size?

  12. Katie says:

    These are so flipping CUTE!!!

  13. Colleen says:

    These are so cute – great job!

  14. Maris says:

    HOW CUTE! I love the little pacifiers.

  15. Dixiechick says:

    Olivia and Morgan think these are the coolest things they have ever seen. Livy and I decided that when Lana has her baby (due in less than 3 weeks) we will try to make some of these for her. I’m nervous, I really suck at stuff like this. Mine will never be as cute as yours…but I’m gonna try. We decided yours are WAY cuter than the ones on the Wilton site. Nice job Mel!

  16. Melody says:

    Thank goodness for talented people that I can copy! These are so cute and I am jealous of your creativity!

  17. MaryBeth says:

    OMG…How darn cute of these!!! Please come by my blog and enter my new cookbook giveaway!

  18. Melanie says:

    Blakeley – how sweet are you? Thanks for your comment. This very well may be that same Ina Garten recipe – I snagged it from another food blog and they may have gotten it from Ina’s book. Anyhow, I’m glad you like them – they are delicious cupcakes. And if you ever want to make the baby cupcakes, just know they are a lot more simple than they look, I promise! Thanks for checking in!

  19. Heidi says:

    These are darling! I love them. My daughter is setting beside me telling me we have to make these. What an awesome idea for a baby shower!

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  21. Psychgrad says:

    Very cute! Did the iced cupcakes last the drive to your sister’s? We’re on a seemingly never-endng search for the perfect cupcake. I’ll have to send this recipe to my mom.

  22. teresa says:

    Such cute cuppycakes! It looks like you used white lifesavers for the top of the pacifiers, what is the blue part? I could easily see myself making these the next time I go to a shower, which is often.

  23. Nicole says:

    These are sooo cute! You should have just taken all the credit for them because I’ve never seen them! Such a great idea!

  24. iowagirleats says:

    oh! These are ADORABLE!! The cupcake recipe sounds incredible too!

  25. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – if you want to halve the recipe and don’t want to buy extra-large eggs, I would use 3 large eggs for a halved recipe. I haven’t tried it personally but that would seem to make the most sense. Good luck!

  26. Bunny says:

    These are absolutely adorable,I wish I knew someone to make them for!!

  27. The Mendoza Family says:

    Hey Mel! I saw these on! That’s so awesome! Soo cute!

  28. Kathy says:

    Sooo cute!!! Great work!!

  29. Jo says:

    These are fantastic and very novel… I love them. I bet they went down a treat also.

  30. annebabe says:

    those are sooooo cute!! i’m frantically trying to think of who i know that i can throw a baby shower for soon, because i HAVE to try them. thanks for sharing!

  31. Valerie says:

    Those are really cute.

  32. Mindy says:

    Oh, and I’m excited about the new baby!

  33. Leisel says:

    Seriously, I feel like I gain 5 lbs every time I just look at your blog! Every thing looks so yummy!

  34. Mindy says:

    Those are adorable, Melanie! And they sound delicious. PS I’m glad Trina Fey isn’t my mom. 🙂 Soy spread?!

  35. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    Aw, those are just adorable! I’ve got buttermilk that needs to be used, so I think I might need to try these this weekend. They sound fabulous with the cream cheese frosting!

  36. Deborah says:

    I’m so glad you made these – yours look ADORABLE!! I need to try this cupcake recipe now!

  37. Melanie says:

    Natalie – the hair is done by piping melted chocolate wafers onto wax paper. The web address in the post has a lot of great information and how-to’s. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Would I be able to halve the recipe for the cupcakes? If so, how many eggs should I use? Actually, I never buy extra large eggs and would hate to buy them just for this…although I do that a lot!
    Thank you.

  39. kitchenbelle says:

    Those are absolutely adorable!

  40. Natalie- Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    I am hosting a baby shower at the end of the month and would love to make these. How did you do the hair? Did you just use a stiffer chocolate frosting?

  41. Trina Fey Dinklemeyer says:

    I think these are adorable. However, I think it is dangerous to make baby-cupcakes because childhood obesity is a major problem. Maybe instead of cupcakes, one could use a healthy muffin recipe? I think there are some good soy spreads that would work nicely instead of frosting.

  42. Lindsey says:

    Oh my gosh, too cute!

  43. Anonymous says:

    My sister is having a shower this next week and I’m really excited to make these. I have a question… how did you color the frosting to get a peachy skin color?

  44. Rumela says:

    This Best buttermilk cupcakes looks so beautiful with the colors, I’m sure it’ll be a big hit with the kids! Nice colors! Although I’m to a big fan of cupcake, this sure looks yummy! I’m normally the one that will say no to cupcake. thank you for shearing your post.

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