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Old Bay Buttercream Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes have a hint of Old Bay seasoning baked in and are topped with an Old Bay spiced buttercream frosting.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 7 mins
Course Cupcakes, Maryland Recipes
Cuisine American, Maryland
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 397 kcal


  • cupcake pan
  • piping bag
  • large piping tip



  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk

Old Bay Buttercream

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 splash milk



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Old Bay seasoning and salt. Set aside.
    1 ¼ cup all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Then add in sugar and beat for another 2 minutes.
    8 tablespoon unsalted butter, ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
    2 large eggs, 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk and mix for a minute or two, until combined. Then add in the remaining flour mixture and buttermilk and mix for 2 more minutes.
  • Divide the batter into the prepared cupcake pan filling each liner ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Old Bay Buttercream

  • Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
    2 sticks unsalted butter
  • Then add in the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until fully combined. Add in the Old Bay and a splash of milk.
    2 cups powdered sugar, 2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, 1 splash milk
  • Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large tip.
  • Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


Buttermilk can be made by adding ½ tablespoon of vinegar to ½ cup milk. 
Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen - let cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and transfer to an airtight container. Freeze up to 3 months. 


Serving: 1cupcakeCalories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

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