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Copycat Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes

By Elisha Baba


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Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes are the Manhattan bakery’s signature vanilla cupcakes with pink frosting. These iconic cupcakes were made famous when shown being eaten by Carrie Bradshaw on an episode of Sex and The City, and since the bakery released the recipe for the beloved cupcakes in honor of the show’s relaunch, you can make and enjoy them in the comfort of your own home.

Copy Cat Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes and Frosting


  • Stand or Hand Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Large Bowl
  • Medium bowl or Large Wet Measurement Cup Amazon.com: Pyrex Prep ware 2-cup Glass
  • Measuring Cup: Kitchen & Dining
  • Rubber Spatula
  • 12-count cupcake pan
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Pink gel or liquid food coloring

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites

Magnolia Bakery cupcake ingredients in glass containers

Cupcake Instructions:

1. Begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Line your 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Make sure you are using paper and not aluminum, as aluminum could make your delicate cupcake batter stick.

3. Whisk together all of your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. This includes your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. Next, in a 2-cup liquid measurement cup, whisk together all of your wet ingredients, including the whole milk, sour cream, and vanilla.

various ingredients in measuring cup and glass bowls with whisk

5. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine your butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Don’t forget to stop every once in a while, to scrape down the bowl to gather up all the mix stuck to the sides.

butter and sugar mixture

6. Add in your egg whites and mix.

7. Then add half of your wet and dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

8. Add the second half of the wet and dry and mix on low until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

wet and dry ingredients in bowl

9. Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scooper to evenly portion out your cupcakes. Make sure that your mixture rests right in the middle of your cupcake liner. Too much will overflow while too little mixture will not bake evenly.


10. Bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. You can also try sticking a toothpick down the center and see if it comes out clean.

cooked vanilla cupcakes in pan

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of unsalted room-temperature butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Gel food coloring (pink)

Magnolia Bakery Cupcake ingredients

Buttercream Frosting Instructions:

1. First, add butter and powdered sugar to a bowl.

2. Then begin to beat together. The mixture will begin to turn crumbly.

cupcake mix

3. Next, add 2 tablespoons of whole milk and vanilla.

whisking frosting

4. Mix until smooth. (Add extra milk only if needed)

frosting in glass bowl

5. Add one small drop of gel food coloring and mix throughout.

red food coloring drop on frosting

6. Once your frosting is at a good consistency, you can frost your completely cooled cupcakes and garnish your Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes with any sort of candy or sprinkles you’d like. 

cooked cupcakes in pan with frosting in glass bowl

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes

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