White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the 2nd year in a row that I have participated in 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, an event run by KitchenAid. The main goal is to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds. I’m proud to participate in honor of both my grandmother and my friend, Pam, who are both survivors.

It’s really easy to participate, just register here. Throw a bunko party, book club party or even an Olympic viewing party and ask your guests to donate to a great cause. I’m in a bunko group and we take turns hosting – my month has been July for a couple of years and it works out perfectly because I combine it as a fundraising effort for 1,000 Cooks for the Cure! I’m so excited that we raised $110 this year! :)

It was a blast! Every person brings a dish to share and it was so fun to have some fellow bloggers attend as well. Suzanne brought guacamole stuffed cherry tomatoes, Katie brought these cute little shrimp salad croissants and Kelly brought one of my favorites, extra spicy chicken wings. Huge oops on my part, I didn’t take any pictures! Thanks to Curtis for snapping this shot of us four at the end of the night.

White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I made smoked salmon rangoon and these cupcakes. I’ll share the rangoon recipe soon! These cupcakes, white almond sour cream (aka WASC), I have been making this cake recipe for special occasion cakes and it’s a favorite recipe among many cake decorators. As a cake, to be honest it’s a little bit dry for my taste so I use a cake decorator trick, before frosting it or stacking it, I brush the top of the cake with a little bit of simple syrup. This ensures the cake is and stays moist.

This is the first time I made them as cupcakes. And I topped them with Miette’s cream cheese frosting (which I upped the recipe a little to ensure enough frosting for all of the cupcakes). I can honestly say it’s the best cream cheese frosting I have ever had. If you’re ever in San Francisco, stop by their bakery and have their gingerbread cupcake. Or get their cookbook and make them! To die for!

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White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: approx 30 cupcakes

Prep Time: 50 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 1 hr 10 min


White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix (I used a French Vanilla white cake)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 tsp salt

4 egg whites

1 1/4 cups water

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup (8oz carton) sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 cups (1 1/2 pounds) cream cheese, softened

1 cup plus 1/2 Tbsp (8.25 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups (8.25 oz) sifted powdered sugar


White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and using a hand mixer, mix on low for about 2 minutes. Using a large cookie scoop, fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool in cupcake tin on a cooling rack before removing and allowing to cool the rest of the way on cooling racks.

Cream Cheese Frosting

In your stand mixer bowl, add butter and sugar. Attach the paddle attachment and cream together until smooth and shiny.

Add the cream cheese and mix thoroughly until completely smooth, about 2-3 minutes. If not using immediately, refrigerate until needed. Using an offset spatula, thoroughly mix the frosting after removing the refrigerator before frosting cupcakes. Cupcakes frosted with this icing should be refrigerated if not being consumed immediately. Makes 3 cups of frosting.

White Almond Sour Cream Cake from Cake Central and Cream Cheese Frosting from Miette, 2011 Chronicle Books

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Disclosure: I participated in 1,000 Cooks for the Cure because I’m passionate about the breast cancer cause. And just wanted to let you know that there’s an affiliate link in this post.

49 Responses to “White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. 41
    Barb G. — April 5, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I’m making these delicious cupcakes for Easter ! They’ll be a big hit with my family.


  2. 42
    Amy — April 6, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Question for you, Julie: do you think these could be made the night before? Either the cupcakes and/or the frosting? And then frosted and decorated day of?
    Thanks in advance for your response.


    • Julie Deily replied: April 6th, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

      HI Amy,

      You can make the frosting a couple days ahead, just store in the fridge and allow to sit on the counter for like 15-20 minutes (maybe more) before mixing and then frosting the cupcakes. And you definitely can make the cupcakes the night before…I wouldn’t make them more than 1-2 days ahead of time or they may dry out. Hope you enjoy!!


  3. 43
    Torie — July 6, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    I have been using this recipe for years and I love it (as does everyone that tries them), I do find however, that I personally prefer the taste and texture better if I use 3 whole eggs, instead of four egg whites (with no other changes to the recipe). No, it doesn’t produce a ‘perfectly’ white cake, but I have never had that be a problem. :)


  4. 44
    Renee C. — July 27, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the link to this post in your KitchenAid giveaway! I was bored so I totally made these cupcakes today and I REALLLLLLY like them. I posted about them on my blog with a link to your recipe. :-)



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