Never underestimate a good vanilla cupcake. Moist, versatile, and easily frosted into creatively designed desserts, easy vanilla cupcake recipes are a go-to for a reason. We're not talking cupcakes from a box, either. Take our classic vanilla cake recipe and turn it into a delicious dessert that's all your own (maybe with some homemade vanilla icing!).
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When you find a good vanilla cake recipe, hold onto it—and turn it into vanilla cupcakes! The versatile dessert is great for birthday parties, office gatherings, sweet after-school snacks, or anytime you're craving something sweet. Once you master the vanilla cake from scratch, there will be no need to go back to from-the-box. You can focus on decorating for a treat that looks as amazing as it tastes.

Get back to basics and banish boring boxed mixes forever with our delicious vanilla cupcakes.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Lining a muffin pan with paper bake cups

Let the butter and eggs stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This allows them to blend more easily into the vanilla cupcake batter. Grease twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper baking cups; set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Step 2: Combine Butter and Sugar

Beat butter with electric mixer

In a large mixing bowl beat the softened butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat on medium to high speed for about two minutes or until the batter is light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure the batter is mixed evenly.

Step 3: Add Eggs, Flour, and Buttermilk

Alternately adding flour and liquid to cake batter
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Add eggs to the batter, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Alternately add flour and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beware of overbeating—this can make your cupcakes too dense.

Step 4: Bake and Cool

Filling muffin cups with cupcake batter
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Spoon the cupcake batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one about half full. Bake at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

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