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4.65 from 14 votes

Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

A vanilla and cinnamon base cupcake with a vanilla and cinnamon buttercream frosting. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream, cinnamon, cupcakes, frosting, vanilla
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Calories: 436kcal


  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Frosting


For cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder in mixing bowl. I use my electric mixer.
  • Add butter (room temperature), egg whites, sour cream, vanilla, and milk - Mix until smooth (no lumps).
  • Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Place 1 tbsp of batter into each cupcake liner
  • Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of cinnamon sugar mixture on top of cupcake batter.
  • Repeat steps until liners are half way full.
  • Sprinkle a little more cinnamon sugar mixture on top of half-filled liners
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with minimal crumbs
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Remove cupcakes and continue cooling on wire rack.

For the Frosting

  • Mix room temperature butter and shortening until smooth.
  • Add 1 tsp of vanilla, mix until well blended
  • Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until well blended. (Mixture will be stiff)
  • Mix in cinnamon until well blended.
  • Add in milk 1 tbsp at a time. Add until right consistency.
  • Pipe cupcakes with frosting.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. 


Wait until cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.
This recipe is easily doubled and the frosting recipe is great on other cupcake batters as well!
Tip: If you want cupcakes with tall frosting, prepare 2 batches of frosting. 
Like this recipe? Check out my Caramel Drizzled Brown Sugar Vanilla Cupcakes! 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 49.8g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 5%