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Classic Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

This recipe for Classic Vanilla Cupcakes is a must for any home baker's recipe box. Cupcake recipes like this one are perfect to whip up for birthday parties or bake sales.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: All Recipes, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bake sale, basic cupcakes, best cupcakes, birthday, birthday party, moist cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes
Servings: 24
Calories: 182kcal


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place cupcake liners in 2 standard muffin pans. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the milk and vanilla extract. Set aside
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar, first on low speed until it comes together then turn the speed to medium-high and mix 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl
  • Turn the mixer to medium-low speed and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is well mixed
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk/vanilla in 3 additions, beginning and ending with flour. Mix just until there is no visible flour. Do not overmix
  • Scoop ¼ cup of batter into each lined well of the cupcake pan. The wells should be no more than ⅔ full. Bake for 18-20 mins, rotating the cupcake pan halfway through. The edges should look slightly golden brown and the tops should look dry and bounce back when pressed gently with your fingertip.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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