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Yellow Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: May. 21, 2023
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
Yellow Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • Frosting of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting.

Yellow Cupcake Recipe Tips

What ingredient makes a cupcake moist?

Fat and milk work together to keep baked goods moist, so it's important to measure carefully and not overbake your cupcakes. (Overbaking is one of the most common cake mistakes.) Check your cupcakes a few minutes before the recipe's minimum baking time and remove them as soon as a toothpick in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Should cupcakes be golden brown?

Watch carefully, as all ovens are different. The edge of the cupcake may be golden brown, but for a moist cupcake, only bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a middle cupcake comes out clean. (For more tips, check out our complete guide to how to make cupcakes.)

Which cake mix is best for cupcakes?

Cupcakes are simple to make from scratch, but if you want to save a few minutes, our Test Kitchen did the work for you by evaluating multiple brands to find the best cake mix around. The best brand depends on whether you're looking for cake that's fluffy or buttery, but you can't go wrong with any of these top-rated mixes.

Research contributed by Anna Thomas Bates
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Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without frosting): 163 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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