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Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Homemade vanilla cupcakes are amazing. They are one of the most popular cupcake flavors and are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. It was the first cupcake flavor I learned how to make. They are super easy to make using readily available ingredients. You won't be disappointed with these yummy cupcakes!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, easy, moist
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Calories: 230kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


  • Paper cups
  • Muffin pan
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer
  • piping bag or plastic bag
  • cookie rack
  • Bowls


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened (170g)
  • 1 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar 337g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp. of vanilla extract 15mL
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt 2.5g
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of baking powder 12g
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose or cake flour 320g
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk I like to use whole milk (375mL)

Basic Frosting

  • 1 lb. of powdered sugar confectioners (453g)
  • 1/4 cup of milk or half and half 63mL
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5mL


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C). In a large bowl cream together the sugar and the butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix those in until combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add half of it in with the batter and combine.
  • Add half of your milk and mix that in until just combined. Then add the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk and mix until just combined. Throughout this process scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated evenly. The vanilla cupcake batter is ready to go.
  • Fill up two muffin pans with paper cups. Then add cupcake batter to each cup until about 2/3rds full. You can add a little more if you like for larger cupcakes. Use a spoon or piping back to add the batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when poking in the center. The edges will be slightly brown. All them to cool for a few minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Basic Frosting

  • Now make the basic homemade frosting or use a storebought one. For the frosting add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix. If you want a color, add a few drops of food coloring until the desired color is reached.
  • Decorate them how you like, using a piping back or spatula to put on the frosting, and sprinkles and other toppings. Enjoy!



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