Our Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipes

Dress them up or keep them simple. Anyway you bake 'em, these very vanilla cupcakes will be perfect for your next gathering.

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

My son loves these vanilla bean cupcakes! Flecks of vanilla bean in the moist, tender cupcakes give them special-occasion status. —Alysha Braun, St. Catharines, Ontario
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Very Vanilla Cupcakes

Everyone loves a vanilla cupcake. My recipe is a vanilla lovers dream—it's a vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream. To get ultimate flavor I suggest using pure vanilla extract. —Michelle Dorsey, Wilmington, Delaware
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Berry-Topped White Cupcakes

Guests just love these yummy white cupcakes that are topped with a cream cheese frosting. The strawberry-blueberry garnish makes them the perfect treat for a patriotic-themed party on Memorial Day or Fourth of July. —Judy Kenninger, Brownsburg, Indiana
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Yellow Cupcakes

Nothing is better than homemade cupcakes. This yellow cupcake recipe makes delicious and fluffy treats. To top them, choose whatever frosting you want. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve been making these colorful cupcakes with my mom since I was in high school. The cheery sweets are as fun to make as they are to eat. —Tammy Quinn, Lynden, Ontario
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Tres Leches Cupcakes

This cupcake version of tres leches cake actually uses four types of milk, including the cream, but "quatro leches cake" just doesn’t have the same delicious ring to it. If you love dairy, you won’t be disappointed with this special take on the classic. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

To help balance the sweetness of this brown sugar cupcake, our Test Kitchen experts created a unique salty frosting. It's the best of both worlds! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Sue Stetzel
Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.