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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Paste food coloring, optional
  • Colored sprinkles and nonpareils


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. If desired, tint with food coloring. Frost cupcakes. Decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 278 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • cskrn
    Nov 18, 2014

    These cupcakes were very good.

  • berg1444
    Oct 24, 2014

    very plain i added extra vanilla and still very plain

  • mwoodward1104
    May 29, 2013

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  • KChucki
    Apr 5, 2013

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  • Addycakes
    Mar 27, 2013

    Very easy and good recipe. I found that using a 3oz. scoop makes nice, uniform cupcakes. Can't wait to try it as a cake!

  • Lynz09
    Mar 24, 2013

    Very good vanilla cupcake recipe! Icing was good also; I had lots of leftover icing however.

  • Cheryl Clawson
    Mar 7, 2013

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  • RedSoxRule
    Mar 2, 2013

    I have been looking for a good white/yellow cake recipe that used cake flour and this was good. I only got about 1 1/2 dozen - not 2 dozen cupcakes. I served these at a party and everyone liked them. Will make them again.

  • Anndee18
    Feb 20, 2013

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  • heather.holdaway
    Feb 10, 2013

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