Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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. 

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How to make best homemade vanilla cupcakes from scratch?

  1. Whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  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.

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Easy vanilla cupcake frosting

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

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Tips and Techniques

All ingredients must be at room temperature– Because this allows them to blend together smoothly and evenly.

Use unsalted butter– Because this prevents 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- This makes 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.

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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.
Yield: 12 Cupcakes


  • 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


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Keep aside. 
  • In another mixing bowl, mix together melted butter and sugar until combined. 
  • Add egg, Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 
  • Dumpy the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. 
  • Pour batter in cupcake liners. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in teh center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool down and then, frost each of them in a swirl of buttercream. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 151mg, Potassium: 121mg, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 280IU, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 361
Author: CakeWhiz

82 comments on “Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe”

  1. They were absolutely amazing they were moist and flavorful I did add a 1/8 a teaspoon of almond extract in addition to the vanilla and I used  Swiss meringue icing.  I will be using this recipe for a future cupcakes!5 stars

  2. Hi. 

    I saw someone comment about using an “extra” egg yolk in addition to the 1 egg the recipe calls for,  but your ingredient list only lists the 1 egg. Am I missing something here? 

  3. This truly is the best vanilla cupcake I have ever tasted. No need to look elsewhere. This is my go to from now on! Thank you!

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