Dessert,  Parties

Golf Themed Vanilla Cupcakes with
Buttercream Frosting

It’s Springtime! This week we have Easter coming up, and I bet you thought I was going to do a post for Easter didn’t you? You think you know me soo well. I like to keep you on your toes, because this week, the recipe is inspired by the Masters! The Masters is like the Super Bowl of golf. It occurs annually in the beautiful city of Augusta in Georgia, and it lasts 4 full days (Thursday-Sunday). Around 40,000 people attend it every year! The best of the best come out to compete for the Masters Trophy, a good sum of money, and the coveted Green Jacket (they get to keep it for the first year, then return it back to the club). If you don’t know anything about golf, I am sure you have at least heard of Tiger Woods, who has won the Masters 5 different years. Some may think golf is boring, but I find it relaxing, peaceful, quiet, and definitely can keep your attention if you know how the game works. I don’t play golf, but I do enjoy watching it. But that’s enough information about The Masters, hopefully I haven’t lost you yet. Let’s get onto the details of this delicious dessert!

I thought it would be fun and creative to create a dessert that you can make for your Masters viewing party, for watching golf, or for a themed birthday party. I think it would be amazing for a kids or adult birthday party. If throwing the party for adults, you can make it fancy and classy, by providing delicate sandwiches, offering iced tea and lemonade, calling for an upscale dress code and letting people take home a small gift bag with personalized sugar cookies and a couple of golf balls.

This vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting, is light, moist, and a crowd pleaser. The pure vanilla extract adds a beautiful subtle sweetness. If you want to make it gluten free, you can easily substitute a gluten free flour blend. I also like this cupcake because it is extremely versatile, you can swap out the golf decoration, for any theme. For Easter, you could top it with tiny Easter eggs in the fake grass, you could do a football theme for the Super Bowl, the options are honestly endless.

This recipe is simple, classy, quick, and so versatile. I hope you enjoy them, and let me know in the comments if you make them! Also feel free to always email me or DM me on Instagram (@savorytosweetfood) if you have any questions.

Happy Easter and Happy Golfing!

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one vanilla golf themed cupcake on a plate with a small red flag in it

Golf Vanilla Cupcakes
with Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Allison Olivia
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x


These cute golf themed vanilla cupcakes are perfect for a Masters viewing party, a themed birthday party, or just for fun!



Golf Cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (or sub GF flour blend)
  • 3/4 cup white or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted and cooled

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • a pinch of salt


  • White Sixlet candies (bought at Walmart)
  • Food coloring
  • Handmade red flag
  • Wilton Green Grass Frosting Tip (233) and piping bags


Golf Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake/muffin pans with 12 liners (6 in each pan, alternating one space in between). This helps the cupcakes get a better rise.
  2. Mix the lemon juice or vinegar with the almond milk (faux buttermilk) and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium sized bowl and mix.
  4. Mix the egg, almond milk with vinegar mixture, and melted/cooled salted butter in a KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium high for 30 seconds, making sure the batter is well incorporated with no lumps.
  6. Fill cupcake liners only 2/3 full, and bake one pan at a time for about 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Take out and let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5- 10 minutes before removing them and placing them on a cooling rack. Let them cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Vanilla Frosting:

  1. In a Kitchen Aid stand up mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter and the powdered sugar (slowly) and salt, mixing very well.
  2. Add the almond milk and the vanilla extract and beat well until creamy. (if its too thick, add a little more almond milk, if its too thin and not firm enough to pipe, add more powdered sugar, until you get a good consistency)
  3. Add 8 drops of green food coloring, 8 drops of blue, and 6 drops of yellow, to get your desired “green grass” color. You can fiddle with it until you get the shade you want. You can also add a drop or two of black food coloring if you want it to be a darker green.
  4. Add a sixlet white candy on top for the golf ball, and a homemade red flag (toothpick with a red triangle cut out of construction paper and glued on with a glue stick) 
  5. Store in the refrigerator to make them last longer and stay fresh.


You can substitute a Gluten Free flour blend if you want to make this recipe gluten free.

You can make these cupcakes for any party or occasion and add different decoration on top.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: golf cupcakes, golf themed cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, golf party cupcakes, party themed cupcakes, masters viewing party cupcakes, golf dessert

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