July 2, 2022


A skill to which someone has devoted
much time and effort and
in which they were an expert.
This would describe Martha Pearl Villas!

Widely known for her Southern cooking, Mrs. Villas co-authored 3 cookbooks
with her son, James, demonstrated her culinary expertise on
 'Good Morning America,' the Food Network, and
 many other national TV programs, and
was even invited to teach a course
 at the Cipriani Cooking School in Venice, Italy

 is a cookbook to linger over....Miss Martha and her son, James
share stories of life experiences they treasured and speak of all
the southern traditions they held dear.
James Villas was the food and wine editor at
Town and Country Magazine for years
and was the author of eight cookbooks!

Today, I bring you one of her best recipes that
will make you a star baker!

Do you have an upcoming Bridal Shower to host?

Or, perhaps a Baby Shower in your near future?
Then this recipe will be just what you need
to serve your guests the best cupcake ever!

James Villas wrote....
"Although Mother created these tangy cupcakes
as a base for her Bridal Shower Snowballs,
they are also delicious cloaked with virtually
any frosting to be served at birthday parties,
parties, afternoon tea or special occasions!"

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
Mix until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately
with the buttermilk.
Fill prepared muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes.
Cool completely before frosting.


  1. These sound so good. I'm copying this recipe and trying it.

    1. I hope you try the recipe Kathy...please enjoy!

  2. your new banner is so beautiful! and just seeing a post here at Estelle's always fills me with joy!
    how I wish there was no such thing as diabetes 2. it is not a fun condition to have. BUT!!! . . .
    that doesn't stop me from thoroughly Enjoying and Imagining how scrumptious these treats must taste!!!
    it's just such a pleasant break from the world and all its problems to visit here Betsy.
    Beauty of Home is as necessary to me as breathing! have a wonderful holiday! XOXO

    1. I very much appreciate your visits Tammy....you are such a lovely blogging friend....wishing you a safe and beautiful July 4th! Warm hugs!

  3. What frosting do you prefer on these tangy cupcakes, Betsy? Here's another cooking dynasty that I know nothing of. I learn something or someone new every day.

  4. I used a chocolate buttermilk frosting Vee, but the great thing is you can use any type of flavor you wish. The lovely Miss Martha frosted them with a whipped vanilla and sprinkled them with coconut to make her well known Christmas Snowballs!

  5. Your blog is always a celebration of home - and your readers enjoy it very much. Thank you for such positive vibes you send out.

    1. You are so lovely Eileen...by the way, I love your name! I so appreciate your visit and kind comment!


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