I finally found a great vanilla almond cupcake recipe thanks to www.pastryaffair.com
These cupcakes are light and subtly sweet. The vanilla almond cupcake has vanilla tones with sliced almonds right in the mix. The cake is barely sweet to allow the almond to shine. The frosting is a basic vanilla frosting with a hint of almond extract to cut the sweetness. The flavors in this cupcake really shine—neither the vanilla or almond outshine each other. These cupcakes are perfect for afternoon tea.
Ingredients include sliced almonds and buttermilk! Go to the pastry affair website for details.