Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

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Marlene Curtis Modified: March 21, 2022
Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Vanilla Cupcakes

In this recipe, light and moist vanilla cupcakes are topped with a smooth and aromatic vanilla buttercream frosting for a simple and elegant dessert.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



For Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 1vanilla bean,seeds scraped
  • cupscake flour
  • tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½cupunsalted butter,room temperature
  • 2largeeggs,room temperature
  • cupGreek yogurt,or sour cream, avoid non-fat versions of either
  • 1tbspvanilla extract,store-bought or homemade
  • cupwhole milk

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1cupunsalted butter,2 sticks, softened
  • 4cupspowdered sugar
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 1tbspvanilla extract,store-bought or homemade
  • 1vanilla bean,optional
  • 4tbspmilk,or heavy cream



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Add granulated sugar and vanilla bean to the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds until blended. Add in the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and beat for an additional 1 minute until well-mixed.

  3. Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for about 2 minutes until well combined and a little crumbly.

  4. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

  5. Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be very thin and liquid.

  6. Fill cupcake liners just over ½ full. Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it.

  7. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack. Once the cupcakes have reached room temperature, frost with the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (recipe below).

Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, the seeds of a vanilla bean and about 2 tablespoons milk and reduce speed to low. Beat for 1 minute or so until the sugar no longer sprays.

  2. Then increase speed to medium high and beat for an additional 1 minute until smooth. Add an extra tablespoon or 2 of the milk if making a thinner frosting.


  • Calories: 356.67kcal
  • Fat: 16.67g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.31g
  • Trans Fat: 0.62g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.29g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.76g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.27g
  • Fiber: 0.23g
  • Sugar: 38.30g
  • Protein: 2.73g
  • Cholesterol: 63.28mg
  • Sodium: 180.98mg
  • Calcium: 55.94mg
  • Potassium: 46.28mg
  • Iron: 1.15mg
  • Vitamin A: 143.97µg
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