One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two


Did you have a nice weekend? We did. It was a mix of fun, strange and just plain laughable. Saturday was spent packing boxes in pajamas for our move in three weeks… and later, Mark rescuing me from THIS:


This was the actual size of the terrifying, deathly creature.

To recover from this traumatizing event, Sunday was a nice day at the beach, splashing around in the freezing cold Pacific and eating strawberries in the sand. Then, Mark dumped half a bucket of white paint on our carpet, my desk chair and my clothes (Way to go, honey). But I just couldn’t forget about that spider and its satisfying but untimely death…

So, for his bravery, I made my darling hero a cupcake. His very own.

And, of course, one for me too. You know, for surviving through the whole thing without collapsing in fear onto the floor.

Cupcakes for Two

This recipe from Jessica at How Sweet It Is grabbed my attention a while ago, and I was saving it for a special occasion. That is, one where I was only craving one cupcake and not a dozen, and actually wanted to share. Good for my husband, that moment finally arrived!

Pink and Blue Frosting

With much smaller measurements of your standard cupcake ingredients (flour, sugar, butter, egg, etc.) and 15 minutes, your cupcake cravings can be completely quenched! These little guys were perfectly fluffy, sweet, and full of delicious vanilla flavor. Oh, and also GONE in under a minute. We don’t waste time in this household.


These “his and hers” cakes were a sweet celebration for one of life’s little victories, and I highly recommend them to satisfy a quick craving or toast to a two-person occasion of your own.

…Now to make him do something else brave so we can celebrate again!

One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Yield: 2 cupcakes


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.
  3. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely, then frost as desired. I used vanilla frosting mixed with blue and pink food coloring, and piped it on with a Wilton 1M tip.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. Beautiful frosting, love the colours. Im a fan of making small batches…

  2. Hi Georgia! Wa…. so beautiful…. the blue one is matching your blog background! I love your artistic talent and the colors of your choice are really nice. I love how you took the pictures of kitchen gadgets etc, too. I start to think it’s fun to see those extra pictures because they make it more fun and tasteful in your blog.

  3. Jessica is the best! These look wonderful, and the colors are gorgeous.

  4. Easy to make and absolutely delicious..
    What a stunning photos! Have a nice and sweet day !

  5. LOVE IT – his and hers cupcakes. I am an absolute sucker for making cupcakes and there is not one week that goes by without me making a batch and then having to give half of them away (which is also nice – don’t get me wrong) but to be able to make just 2 – genius I tell you genius!
    I have just printed your recipe and will be making the duo at the earliest opportunity – thanks!
    Hmm, about the spider – I am an arachnophobic so I fully sympathise with you.
    :-) Mandy

  6. Awwwhhh!!! How incredibly sweet!! I definitely need to try this… though I don’t know if I would actually share the other one with Chris. Ok, maybe if he saved me from a spider…or a snake…but other than that.. they are all mine!!

  7. The colors of the frosting alone have me hooked! And I would have definitely been running frantically if I saw a spider like that in our house! =)

  8. Beautiful cupcakes! I love the blue one more. ;-))

  9. So pretty and very sweet! A small batch of cupcakes is perfect! I love to bake but hate being tempted with too many sweets in my home!

  10. Ingenious! I love this idea. There are so many times I just want a little bit of something sweet, but don’t want to battle my will power against a whole batch of sweets. Definitely will be trying this soon!

  11. I just love this idea. And I love your idea of making them His & Hers. So beyond adorable! Gorgeous photos!

  12. This is brilliant! With 3 people in our family, we never need a full 24 cupcakes – this is perfect!! And I love your pink and blue frosting!

  13. These cupcakes are just beautiful Georgia. I love your idea for hubby’s bravery :) his and hers is very romantic of you.

  14. these are so adorable!! definitely bookmarking this! thanks for sharing, your pictures are beautiful! thanks for stopping by my blog, too!!

  15. I love love love this idea his and hers cupcake! Fun colors and amazingggg photos!!! I am totally speechless by your idea!!! Bravo!!

  16. The cupcakes are beautiful, but the “his” cupcake is just picturesque! It’s really something that could be used as a basis for still life painting :)

  17. Two cupcakes is genius! And I love the idea of celebrating the ‘little’ (I use the term loosely since the spider is HUGE) victories with small-batch baking.

  18. His and Hers cupcakes…brilliant! I love your creativity, Georgia!

  19. Yikes! I hate spiders!!

    The cupcakes, on the other hand, look so beautiful! Gorgeous colour!

  20. I can’t even speak. This is so cool! That Jessica!! She is amazing! And look at your photos! Yay you!! COngrats on surviving that beastly spider. That picture gives me the heebee geebees! :O

  21. Lovely, Georgia! And perfect for “just the two of us” households like mine. I’m so excited for your move to Texas. Once you’re settled, we should meet up for lunch in Austin one Sat. Maybe we can get Monet to join us as well!

  22. You made a “boy” cupcake so pretty. :) I love this idea. Good luck with your move!

  23. The cupcakes look stunning Geaorgia! How beautiful. I’m pleased you survived from that spider :)

  24. I love this small batch of cupcakes! Perfect for when you get that cupcake craving, but you’re not stuck with 20 more afterwards. And that frosting looks beautiful, by the way. The fluffyness!

  25. Super cute! I love this idea!

  26. I am not a fan of spiders… YUCK! The his and hers cupcakes look cute and oh so tasty.

  27. I think I would need a lot more than a day at the beach to recover from that trauma. And you are super sweet to make him those cupcakes.
    Thanks for visiting my site! Yours looks DELICIOUS too and I look forward to seeing more.

  28. Oh my gosh if I saw one of those spiders I’d have to eat 10 of these cupcakes to make up for it! You have a brave hero :)

  29. Very nice of you to make him a special cupcake but after seeing that creature, seems like he deserved it!
    First time on your site and I loved it!

  30. Beautiful cupcakes! You both deserved them after that killer spider though. :) I love that the recipe only makes two- the perfect amount!

  31. I am so enamored with the idea of baking tiny batches of cupcakes. Perfect! I could go for one (or both!) right now!

  32. How adorable! Your Love the colors and design. Mark is so lucky :)

  33. His and Hers cupcakes is a fabulous idea! Love the frosting…so pretty! I would’ve collapsed if I saw that spider:)hope the move is going well!!

  34. What a fantastic idea ! Love it !

  35. I’m saving this recipe…the perfect number of cupcakes!

  36. I love this! How perfect are just two cupcakes!? I am sharing this link I hope you don’t mind.


  37. you’re a brave woman, I’d have been on the floor after seeing that spider. Hate them.
    As for the cupcakes, LOVE love love the idea. Wonderful photos.
    Thanks for sharing Georgia

  38. I’ve been meaning to try that cupcakes-for-two recipe from How Sweet as well! Yours looks fantastic–love the idea of the pink and blue. Good job on surviving the spider trauma :)

  39. These cupcakes look delish! I dont know about that spider, thought. Absolutely horrifying!

  40. Well aren’t these just adorable! Great recipe.

  41. Georgia, that guy would have had me running, yikes! Nice way to celebrate though and such a fun idea for cupcakes, they are so beautiful :)

  42. Georgia, what a wonderful idea. I love making cupcakes but don’t like having them around…too tempting! Thanks for sharing!

  43. What pretty cupcakes! I love the idea of his and hers! A scrumptious treat for the hero.

  44. should have put a disclaimer that you had a spider picture up! OMG..I am sooooo scared of spiders..ewww ewww ewww!
    Love the cupcakes. But thses would be “Cupcakes for one”, because I would eat them both!!!

  45. How cute are these cupcakes. The only problem with one bowl cupcakes for two is I would eat them both.
    Yuck to that spider! He needed to go bye bye.

  46. I loved this post! It made me laugh and I just have the perfect recipe for my cupcake cravings. I don’t love cupcake but sometimes I just crave a good one. This really is perfect for me. One for me and one for hubby

  47. Fabulous cupcakes! Congrats on the top 9!!!

  48. these sound down right sinful. i cant wait to try them out. might do a round for my sweet man for father’s day. he doesn’t really like cake but he loves cupcakes! go figure? :)

    thanks for stopping by the other day! So glad you did so I could find your blog. It is fabulous

  49. Great idea. Beautiful photos.

  50. Look delicious and perfect for that matter!

  51. Beautiful cupcakes! And what a great idea to just make 2–whenever I make a ‘full size’ dessert for me and my husband, we can never seem to finish it before it goes bad. =(
    And that spider . . . *shivering* Wow. Your husband gets major points for dealing with that hideous creature.

  52. Cute cupcakes, I love the his and hers frosting :)

  53. What a darling idea! I used to make brownies for two in my toaster oven during college. I will have to try cupcakes now!

  54. 5 stars
    Thank you SOOOOOO much for posting this!!! With my hubby deployed I struggle with cooking for one person. The dogs just aren’t big on my leftovers unless it includes meat. LOL.
    This recipe is perfect to satisfy that mean sweet tooth that pops up every now and again.

  55. Beautiful photos! Nice job.

  56. What a great idea to make individual cupcakes for when cravings hit. Sometimes you only want 1 or 2 cupcakes but you end up with a whole batch.

    Love the blue and pink,his and hers,frosting.

    Good luck with your move. I hope all goes well.

  57. Ooo, that’s not fun a spider and a bucket of spilled paint. It’s a good thing cupcakes make everything better.

  58. These are adorable! I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I can now whip up just two cupcakes…good that I don’t have to commit to the whole batch or bad that I can make these quickly and easily?!? =)

  59. 5 stars
    I should not be left alone with this recipe!!!

    In the 6 days since you have posted this recipe, I have made these 3 times . . . First made it (for me) exactly as you posted it — DELISH! Next played around with the recipe to make chocolate cupcakes (I added 2 TBL cocoa, 2 TBL mini choco chips, increased milk to 2 TBL, and decreased vanilla to 1/2 tsp). Shared these with a friend who had stopped by. Last night I made to your recipe, but added 1 TBL mini choco chips. (Also shared ;-)

    My microwave is also a convection oven, so I am not heating up my big oven for these . . .

  60. A cupcake well deserved (shutters), I am a bit, and sometimes a lot, scared of those little old spiders.

    The wonderful part of this recipe is you simply cannot over eat! ~Brenda

  61. 5 stars
    What a great recipe!! The perfect way to satisfy a cupcake craving without going overboard!

  62. Hello Georgia..
    You have an amazing blog here..
    I am really thankful that you stopped by my blog so that I can find yours..
    I loved the his/hers is so sweet and your pictures are beautiful

  63. 5 stars
    I just recently made cupcakes too..these are great looking cupcakes, well decorated, very nice indeed. congrats!!!

    Rico-Tried and Tested Recipes

  64. 5 stars
    I love this! It’s just the hubby and me and sometimes we want a sweet homemade treat, but making 12 muffins or really a dozen of anything is just a bad idea and waste of ingredients. I’ll have to bookmark this for when the hubby braves a giant spider or hangs a picture, all that manly stuff ;)

  65. 5 stars
    Why is it that Americans can make food taste so amazing?!! (I’m Australian, and our muffins, cupcakes, etc do not even come close to these).
    I just made these, and my husband and I finished devouring them…they are so SCRUMPTIOUS!
    So thick, dense, sweet and…I could go on.
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe, so delicious…lucky I doubled the recipe…so I can have another one tomorrow…if I can wait that long!!

  66. With Valentine’s day coming up this Thursday, this seems perfect. We both love sweets, but usually can’t eat a lot of them at one sitting or risk feeling ill. This looks like a solution! Thanks for sharing!

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