Holy hells, now that’s a long name. But I’m not good with the catchy names like “bursting berry 4th of july cupcakes” because then how in the hell are you suppose to know what goes into this cupcake with that stupid name, eh?! Riddle me that. I want you to know that this cupcake is a vanilla cupcake with a vanilla bean pastry cream buttercream (yes, lots of creamy cream) topped with sexy little fresh berries. And non-edible flowers. Well, I guess you could eat them, but that’s gross. Don’t do it.

So here’s the thing about this cupcake BEFORE YOU GO FREAKING OUT ON ME, this frosting is made with butter. Real, grass fed butter. And organic powdered sugar. Because honestly, have you tried paleo frostings? They’re bullsh*t. It’s just not the same. And since many people don’t have as many issues with dairy (as they do with grains and gluten), I’ve included it in this recipe. Just FYI, I probably have less than 5 recipes out of 650 recipes that include dairy in them, so no need to be upset if you can’t have dairy. Just don’t make these then. And make one of my other 645 recipes without dairy. Boom.

PaleOMG Vanilla Berry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Pastry Buttercream

But enough about frosting, let’s talk about what is really important here: JoJo’s crazy beautiful blue dress from the rose ceremony the other night. I want that dress. I have nothing to wear it for, but I need it right now. To hang in my closet. I want to get married again and wear that dress. Is that weird? It’s fine.

I’m kind of over the bachelorette. Are you over it, too? I don’t know why, I just feel like nothing is happening every episode. It feels like they just drag out scenes that don’t need to be dragged out. And then I get bored and start searching pinterest for backyard design inspiration. And when I come back to the show, nothing has happened. It’s TOTALLY like a daytime drama. It’s a reality soap opera! Someone has probably already made that same comparison but I pretty much think I’m a genius right now.

How sad was Wells’ date? He built his first kiss up to be such a big deal while Jordan was dry humping her in the room right next to him just one episode back. We all knew he was doomed. When you’re sliding around on some sort of tarp that makes it seem like you’re in a KY commercial and you still can’t even make the move, you’re done with. JoJo ain’t about that, bruh. But the worst part by far was when JoJo broke up with Wells before he even ate his dinner. That’s just below the belt, JoJo. That may have been the prettiest steak I ever laid eyes on and it just sat there cold while JoJo cried and laughed in the KY commercial again without Wells. Shame. Shame. Shame. (name that show!!)

Did anyone else notice Wells’ suitcase? It was a homeless sack. What an odd choice.
PaleOMG Vanilla Berry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Pastry Buttercream

Poor James Taylor questioning himself, he’s a stud. Wait, that’s his name right? Or is it Rascal Flats? I always get them messed up. He just has no confidence right now. I get it, James boy, Jordan’s hair is astonishingly shiny and has more volume than I’ve ever seen on a male. And yes, Luke may be the most bruiting, hunky, hot mofo out there, but you got stuff, too! He said so himself that he may not be the fittest or best looking or smartest….I think he kept going but I blocked him out. We get it, you don’t have much to offer, but fake it til you make it, my man! Or stop eating pizza. Your destiny is up to you.

Remember when Jim Halpert…I mean Derek, got kicked off and cried. Poor guy. He probably cried for 3 seconds and they made it seem like soooooo long while the Argentina chick sang ” Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” Low blow, ABC, low blow. That date was so miserable to watch. I think a full 10 minutes was spent with JoJo dancing back and fourth and back and fourth between the two dudes as Derek bragged about being so confident in their love for each other. Whenever someone brags about how much chemistry they have with that person, they’re totally getting the boot. I’m pretty sure that’s in the ABC contract: You boast, you die. Something along those lines.

I’m hoping that things get a little more interesting next week. Keeping the military guy and Rascal Flats was just boring. We all know they aren’t going to make it, why hold off on the inevitable. I think it’s going to be between Jordan and Luke in the end. Who do you think it’s going to be?!

PaleOMG Vanilla Berry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Pastry Buttercream

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Vanilla Berry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Pastry Buttercream

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10-11 cupcakes 1x


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the vanilla bean pastry buttercream:
  • 3/4 cup pastry cream* (completely cooled)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted grass fed butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • For toppings:
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • mint leaves, for garnish


    For the cupcakes

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin with 10-11 paper liners.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, maple sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, ghee, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Batter should be slightly thick.
    4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into 10 or 11 lined muffin cups (or silicone muffin cups). Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Place cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

    For the buttercream frosting

    1. (Make pastry cream if you haven’t already and let cool completely) Place the softened butter in a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment. Whip on high speed until fluffy, scraping down the sides every minute or so, about 5 to 7 minutes—the longer, the better. Add the vanilla extract and coconut milk and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes, until fully combined.
    2. Turn the mixer off, add 2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar, and then turn on the mixer and process to combine. Repeat until all the powdered sugar has been added and the frosting is thoroughly whipped.
    3. Lastly, add pastry cream and whip for another 1-2 minutes on high speed until completely combine and thick. If not using immediately, store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For the best consistency, bring the buttercream to room temperature and rewhip it in a stand mixer before using.

    Build the cupcake

    1. Frost each cupcake, top with however many berries you prefer and sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar on top and also a mint leaf!
    2. Store in fridge but be sure to let come to room temperature before serving to soften the frosting!

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    1. Liz says:

      Feeling out the loop because I just found this whole world you’ve created online. Was I under a rock? Anyways, just wanted to say my two weeks are pretty much comprised of of many of your recipes and I’m pumped! I also really, really appreciate you being so real! It’s like my thoughts are out on a page but they’re from some else, it’s maybe creepy but not. So many times I skip all the tra-la-las and think lets get to the recipe… but I totally relate. Like the baby crying.. yeah, I’ve got one of those two, but its not mine its a neighbor.

      Keep rocking it!

    2. Sarah says:

      Can I substitute the tapioca flour with anything non starchy, I can not have any starch on the GAPS diet, and desperately want to try these?

      1. juli says:

        not sure, i haven’t made them another way

    3. Megan says:

      The cake recipe looks delish! Bit this isn’t paleo ….and could be very confusing for s newbie and sort of discouraging for ppl trying to keep to paleo
      Can I use coconut cream for frosting? I know you said you have many other real paleo recipes but the cake does look very good! SO I’d like like to use the cake recipe . W coco cream? Thoughts?

      1. juli says:

        you can do whatever you want, megan! please read the second paragraphs of this post!

        1. megans says:

          well i for one have major issues with dairy and not as many with grains…
          i certainly wouldn’t call paleo frosting bull shi$,?!?!??! its absolutely delicious!

    4. Noel says:

      This looks amazing! Do you have the nutritional facts on this?

      1. juli says:

        no, but you can put the ingredients in a nutritional calculator online yourself!!

    5. Faith says:

      These cupcakes look super lovely and super delicious. My only gripe is that they are on a paleo website and they contain over 1.5 cups sugar. I think it is wonderful that they are gluten free but I thought Paleo was supposed to be mimicking in some way the ways our ancestors ate. I suppose in times of plenty, they probably ran around with high blood sugar? I guess I just feel disappointed because I see the cupcakes on a paleo site and get a hankering to have them. But I prefer not to eat so much processed sugar.

      1. juli says:

        Faith, no need to be disappointed! instead, just pick from one of my hundreds and hundreds of recipes that include no sugar at all! if you want to stay away from sugar, stay away from it. no need to even look at the dessert section! if you prefer to not eat sugar and not get a hankering for it, just don’t look at the dessert section!

    6. Susan says:

      OMG, I taught James in Sunday school. We went to the same church, and I watched him grow up. It was really exciting to have a “local” boy be a star, if only for a few weeks.

    7. Ann F Richardson says:

      Hi! I’ve been following for you years! Back when paleo eating was first becoming a thing! You have always been my “go to” and I always tell paleo lovers about your blog. I have a question about this cupcake recipe. With this same recipe, can I make sheet cake instead of cupcakes? I want to make a classic American Flag sheet cake but Paleo of course.

      1. juli says:

        that should work!! I’m not sure if it will be enough batter and i’m not sure how long the cooking time will be, but let me know if you give it a try!

    8. Ann F Richardson says:

      Ok! Thank you so much! If it doesn’t look like enough batter, I will either make a smaller cake or the cupcakes. Thank you for responding!

    9. Steve says:

      I made some changes to reduce the sugar – used “Purecane” instead of coconut sugar in the batter, and I made a simple vanilla buttercream frosting using palm shortening and Swerve Confectioners sugar, bringing this very close to Keto. I also subbed palm shortening for the ghee in the cupcakes. Almond flour baking is always denser than white flour, but these were still great, even without the added sugar.

      1. juli says:

        hey steve, thanks for trying the recipe! but will you not rate the recipe itself when you’re changing it? those changes effect the outcome of the recipe so the rating is not fair.