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The Best Homemade Vanilla Cupcake Recipe Ever

Updated on February 5, 2015

There's nothing better than a good batch of vanilla cupcakes. This recipe features a rich, golden vanilla cake with a sweet vanilla buttercream frosting. This recipe calls for a little more vanilla than most. Use Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla or paste for the best flavor.

Get ready: People will ask you for this recipe.

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 12-24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla (add more for a super-vanilla taste)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions

  1. Prior to starting, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bring the eggs and butter to room temperature. Grease and flour two cupcake/muffin pans or insert cupcake cups.
  2. Stir together the salt, baking powder, and flour.
  3. Beat butter with an electric mixer on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until combined. Continue to beat and add the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add part of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then add some of the milk. Beat on low. Continue alternating like this until all of the milk and flour mixture have been added. Mix well. Pour into cupcake pans, filling to about halfway.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pans. Frost.

Getting Ready

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bring butter and eggs to room temperature. Grease and flour two cupcake tins or line with paper cupcake cups.

Step One: Stir the Dry Ingredients

Stir together the salt, baking powder, and flour.

Step Two: Beat the Wet Ingredients

Beat butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar and combine well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 3: Combine and Fill Tins

Add some of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then add some milk. Continue alternating until well blended. Spoon into cupcake tins until half-full.

Step Four: Bake

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. It will be easier to frost the cupcakes if you can avoid over- or under-baking them. During the final few minutes, check frequently to ensure they come out perfectly.

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar (around 8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (Tips: vanilla paste will give your frosting tiny vanilla specks; clear vanilla will make your frosting white; Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla will make the frosting off-white)

Instructions

Vanilla frosting is simple and requires only a few ingredients. This version will work perfectly every time.

  • Make sure the butter is softened.
  • Beat butter together with some powdered sugar and the vanilla and some milk. Alternate between adding sugar and milk until you are happy with the consistency.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add a little more milk. If it is too thin, add a little more sugar.

Tip for Successful Frosting

Let the cupcakes cool entirely before frosting. Taking them out of the pan prematurely will result in crumbly cupcakes and melted frosting.

3.1 stars from 514 ratings of Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

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      Terri Zimmerman-Frank 2 weeks ago

      Thank you for sharing, but the cupcakes were heavy and dense.

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      Bryce Philips 4 months ago

      I like cupcakes

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      Berthe 8 months ago

      wow verry nice recipe thankyou :)

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      Valerie 8 months ago

      Question, it really givea a large window of baking time. What amount of time did each of you bake them until they were fully cooked and not overdone?? Thanks!

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      vietahardiansyah 14 months ago

      These cupcakes sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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      Lynette 17 months ago

      I just made 72 cup cakes from this recipe. The best. One thing I want to tell everyone is when you measure the flour take a tbsp and put the flour in the cup. Do not scoup with the measuring cup. Also, do not bang on the cup, that is when your cake becomes very heavy. Doing this with any flour makes your cake the best. This is a keeper. Thanks for this recipe.

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      Katie 19 months ago

      Hi, I just made these today for my grand kids after school snack. They are moist and delicious!!!!! I can't imagine what MrsSipos might of done because the texture of the ones I made were perfect! That's to bad. Thank you for a wonderful recipe that will be my new go to.

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      MrsSipos0906 19 months ago

      I honestly thought the texture was awful. It came out like cornbread. They're very bland in my opinion and they taste like eggs. Not a fan.

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      Tori 2 years ago

      i just finished baking me and they look great. Haven't taken a bite or frosted them yet but with the batter it was easy to make just had a lot left over after filling 30 cupcakes. I think the batter recipie is ment for jumbo cupcakes instead of regular size. Still fun and easy to make tho

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      Krystal 2 years ago

      Hi, just a quick question - are the eggs large eggs or regular-sized eggs?

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      Shannon 2 years ago

      These were the best cupcakes I've ever had... And I never leave good reviews but I had to... I ran out of vanilla after the cupcakes so substituted for chocolate frosting but they were delicious.. Cupcake recipe is a keeper

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      jazmine 2 years ago

      These were so horribly dense! Flavor just taste like a fluffy breaded sugar cookie, didn't even bother with the frosting :(

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      Ashlee 2 years ago

      Horrible.....jk I luv em

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      uio 2 years ago

      I am curious, it sounds like a lot of people thought they came out great, I cannot afford to have them turn out crappy. Any for sure thoughts... ive made homemade before but they always came out dry.... so if these turn out bad.. what a waste

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      Sweets 2 years ago

      These was the worst cupcake evrer do not try the recipe its horrible

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      julie 2 years ago

      I made this and followed the recipe, the turned out chewy I would not make them again.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I just came across your hub for vanilla cup cakes. I thought it was so good because vanilla cup cakes aren't that interesting, normally. But you made this cup cake look so yummy. I have a granddaughter who loves vanilla, so I will be trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Akash 2 years ago

      Loved the guest towel cupcake; I am going to make them for all oanscsiocs and for my bathrooms. I have seen so many other videos, but you are the best. Thank you so much.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      The frosting idea is cool, do i need to use the cake mixer?

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      These sound great! I'm not only wanting to try these, but will now probably be adding extra vanilla to any cupcakes or cakes I make in the future.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Is it just me, or have there been an awful lot of extremely delicious-looking desserts on HP lately? These cupcakes have me drooling. Either I'm reading while hungry, my sweet tooth is out of control or I simply cannot resist desserts!

      I bake so seldom because I live alone and nothing is ever as good after it's been frozen for a while. Could I eat a dozen cookies or cupcakes by myself in a matter of 3 days? I sure could and I have. That's a good reason for me to just buy a few of something from the bakery!! LOL

      UP+++

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Too much flour for sure. I made a 2nd batch with 1/2 cup less flour, 1/2 cup more sugar and 1 tsp more of vanilla and I liked them much better.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: I'm sure it will come out different, but baking crisco might work. It will have a different taste.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kiwisoutback: It's not the extract's problem, it's the ratio of butter to sugar. I use 1/2 cup of butter with 1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and vanilla extract and it makes a great frosting

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Frosting is tough. Maybe vanilla bean paste would taste better than extract?

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      Krisenvorsorge 4 years ago

      yummy I love cupcakes!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kathryn002: Cupcakes themselves were good. Not a fan of the frosting though. I need to work on that. Hope this helps. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I made them and i put the right amount of flour but they turned out thick and tasted like flour.... I would change that amount of flour to 1 1/2 cups instead of 2 1/2 cups. Didn't realize while i was making them. But good besides that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOVED these cupcakes! The texture was spot-on. Used a simple peanut butter frosting and the combination was inspired. I liked the 4 tsps of vanilla, too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kiwisoutback: Can I substitute crisco for the butter?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This cupcake recipe was awesome. I didn't let the eggs and butter get to room temp, but it came out yummy and buttery anyway. It reminded me of wedding cake! Delicious!!!! Only annoying thing about the recipe is letting the eggs and butter get to room temp who has time for that!?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just tried this recipe. I got confused when to add the flour...but delicious ... I added 4 tsps of vanilla....but my daughter loved them an she's very particular about her cupcakes.

      Great , easy and all ingredients are on hand....

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I agree with you on the imitation vanilla extract. Great recipe. :)

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      This sounds so good. Thank you for sharing:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the frosting recipe is confusing. It says add the milk and sugar and beat, then add the 1/3 cup milk and rest of the sugar and beat????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think you should use 4 tablespoons of vanilla because it tastes better like that p.s. great cupcakes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great cupcakes! Very easy. The recipe makes a lot more than it says. I got 2 dozen out of it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      THESE CUPCAKES ARE RIDONCULES I

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: I'll take a look at the directions and revise. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I tried baking these and added toasted coconut and pecans to recipe, fabulous!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the cupcakes but the direction were a bit unclear. I added all the ingredents together by accident. But as my first time baking cupcakes, they were delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These were really good. I added two tablespoons to the milk before adding to the egg and flour mixture. I didn't make the frosting because frostings are hard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i just tried this receipe and i got a lot more than 16.. i got almost 3 dozen cupcakes.... medium size!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really good recipe

      !!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is awesome i am definitely getting an A on a project.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Im going to try these, they look really easy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used this vanilla recipe and added some cinnamon and it tasted great..

      You all should try it..! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! I am making these and It says 12-16 cupcakesâ¦.I should have known it was not right with 2.5 cups flourâ¦( I only have one 12 muffin pan), and I had enough extra to make an entire other cake in addition to 12 cupcakes. FYI

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cute! really inspires me!!!!!!!!

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for a delicious recipe, will check out its evil twin too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice and perfect

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Idk what I did wrong, but they tasted horrible when I made them. :( Maybe I will give it another shot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I took your advice and added extra vanilla even as a kid this recipe is really easy!!!! My sister and I made for my littles sisters birthday party and she loved them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I tried this vanilla cupcake recipe and they were delicious. They werebest I ever baked. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just made these....they are absolutely delish! Don't over-bake!! Add extra vanilla!! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      BEST CUPCAKES EVER!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love these cupcakes - but think chocolate frosting tastes best on them. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just made these... The best cupcakes EVER!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      These vanilla cupcakes look mighty yummy!

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Ok you win, baking these on the weekend, organic living just on hold for one weekend lol. I have to get my hands on that Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla also :) Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My granddaughter is 6 yrs.old...She LOVES to bake cupcakes. Emma is very creative & talented in whatever she has a passion for!!! Emma is always doing a craft (she calls it a project) . Would you give Emma some cupcake ideas for her Mom for Mother's Day. Thank you.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Looks good! I always prefer vanilla over chocolate.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like vanilla cupcakes better than chocolate, although I am sure lots of people would disagree. Vanilla has its own lovely fragrance. Thanks for the recipe.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Look simple and wonderful! :>)

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      Simple yet very tasty looking vanilla cupcake.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      That's a nice recipe. I will save it for some special occasion when I allow myself a good dose of sugar :)

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      All time favorite cupcake flavor! Banana cupcake.

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      looks oh so yummy!!

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      drozer 5 years ago

      yum yum yum ...i love it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like chocolate but now that i tasted these i kinda like vanallia now

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yum yum yum yum!!!! So good will make again, I doubled the recipe and instead of vanilla extract I used vanilla bean paste but only 1.5 teaspoons. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      delicious looking indeed!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      this looks awesome! love vanilla cupcakes!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yumm indeed ... I think I'd like to add some lemon or orange zest to the icing and voila!

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Great lens, vanilla cupcakes are my favourite! Feel free to check out my lens about making Margarita Cupcakes, if you'd like :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I made these today! OMGosh they are the best cupcakes I had ever made. They taste just like sugar cookies. I used almond milk in mine and sifted the flour. they turned out moist and soft. thank you for the recipe!

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      These cupcakes sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      These look totally delectable.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      This delicious cupcake lens is being featured at the Cupcake Club blog today!

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      gravityx9 6 years ago

      cute poster and I can hardly wait to try your recipe!!!THUMBS UP and fave!

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      Kathryn002 6 years ago

      Really good tips - I feel hungry now! I like that the lens is clear and easy to read without being too long.