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Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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Learn how to make quick and easy vanilla cupcake recipe from scratch with vanilla buttercream frosting. Classic, rich, soft, moist, light, fluffy, perfect vanilla cupcakes made with simple ingredients.

This recipe never fails and is absolutely dummy-proof! They are a hit at birthday parties and weddings, just like my White Wedding Cupcakes. 

Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

How to make best homemade vanilla cupcakes from scratch?

  1. Whisk together the flour and baking soda.
  2.  Separately, mix together butter, sugar, egg, yogurt, milk, vanilla extract.
  3. Dump dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour batter in cupcake liners.
  5. Bake.
  6. Let them cool.
  7. Frost them and you are done.

Can you freeze cupcakes?

Yes. Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored in an air-tight, sealed freezer bag or container for up to 1 month. Let them thaw in the fridge or at room temperature and then ice them with frosting.

How can I make my cupcakes moist?

Moisture comes from rich ingredients that are high in fat. So, use full fat sour cream or Greek yogurt. Use whole milk instead of fat free or low fat milk. Use butter instead of oil.

What makes a cupcake fluffy?

  • That’s a result of the air bubbles that you whip into the batter in that end up expanding in the oven during baking. However, if the batter is over-mixed, those bubbles end up collapsing and the cupcakes don’t fully rise and can sink too. That’s why you should only mix the cake batter until just combined.
  • Also, measure ingredients properly because baking is science and those measurements and ingredients combine together to create the best fluffy texture.

Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes From Scratch

Easy vanilla cupcake frosting

The classic frosting choice is vanilla buttercream frosting. However, here are some other frosting flavor choices:

Tips and Techniques

  • All ingredients must be at room temperature so that they blend together smoothly and evenly.
  • Use unsalted butter to prevent these cupcakes from becoming too salty.
  • Don’t replace all-purpose flour with any other flour because it does not yield the same good results.
  • Use whole milk and full fat Greek yogurt for maximum richness and moisture.
  • If you don’t have Greek yogurt, a good substitute is full fat sour cream.
  • Don’t over-mix this batter because that will yield tough cupcakes.
  •  Butter should be melted but not super hot because that would end up cooking the eggs when you mix it in the batter.
  • Allow the cupcakes to fully cool down before frosting them because that prevents the frosting from melting all over the cupcakes and making a mess.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled to serve a larger crowd.
  • You can tint the cupcake batter and make them fun for kids birthday parties but use gel colors instead of liquid food coloring to prevent the cake batter from becoming too runny.
  • Don’t replace butter with oil because butter adds a nice rich flavor.
  • You can use this recipe to make 24 mini vanilla cupcakes. Just use a mini muffin pan and mini cupcake liners.
  • Vanilla bean cupcakes- Instead of vanilla extract, you can use vanilla beans, which have a stronger flavor and aroma but that will add little black specks in your cupcakes. You can also use a combination of both for a better flavor profile.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

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Best Easy Moist Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Frosting
4.84 from 12 votes

Best Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Learn how to make quick and easy vanilla cupcakes recipe from scratch with vanilla buttercream frosting. Classic, rich, soft, moist, light, fluffy, made with simple ingredients.

Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla cupcakes
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 1 1/3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Butter Unsalted, Melted
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg Large
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt Or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup Milk Whole
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups American buttercream frosting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Keep aside. 

  2. In another mixing bowl, mix together melted butter and sugar until combined. 

  3. Add egg, Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 

  4. Dumpy the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. 

  5. Pour batter in cupcake liners. 

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in teh center comes out clean.

  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool down and then, frost each of them in a swirl of buttercream. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Best Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 151mg6%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

71 comments on “Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe”

  1. I’m certainly not at a skill level to question your recipe, but I noticed that there’s baking powder but no salt. I only  mention it because I don’t think I’ve seen baking powder used without salt. I’m anxious to try it!

  2. This recipe was easy to do. My cupcakes came out moist and delicious. I used only 1/2 tbsp of vanilla, and Greek vanilla yogurt instead of plain. I did add a pinch of kosher salt and also added 1 egg yolk including the 1 egg. I’m not a vanilla fan, my 9yr old is but I definitely tasted these cupcakes and they are great. Totally recommend this recipe.5 stars

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