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Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Creating Basic Vanilla Cupcakes from scratch is something everyone should be able to do. And believe me it’s easier than it seems.

Bake these moist, soft cupcakes in a few easy steps with our best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe ever!


  • 1¼ cups cake flour or bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1¼ cups cake flour, 1¼ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt. Set flour mix aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 2 eggs with the whisk attachment on medium speed (15-20 seconds).

Add ¾ cup sugar and continue to beat on medium speed (30 seconds).

Add vanilla and oil and beat on medium speed (1 minute)

Reduce mixer speed to medium/low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl. The batter should be thin.

Pour batter into a lined muffin pan. Fill to about ½ full.

Bake for 12 -14 minutes at 180°C. Let them cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then remove.

Once the cupcakes are cooled to room temp, pipe on the frosting.


A note about the flour: all-purpose works, it just does won’t produce a cupcake quite as soft as cake flour

Now it’s time for some frosting: 4 Ingredient Cupcake Frosting & Cupcake Decorating Tips

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