The Best Homemade Vanilla Cupcake Recipe Ever

Updated on February 6, 2019

There's nothing better than a good batch of vanilla cupcakes. This recipe features a rich, golden vanilla cake with a sweet vanilla buttercream frosting. This recipe calls for a little more vanilla than most. Use Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla or paste for the best flavor.

Get ready: People will ask you for this recipe.

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 12-24 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla (add more for a super-vanilla taste)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Cupcake Instructions

  1. Prior to starting, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bring the eggs and butter to room temperature. Grease and flour two cupcake/muffin pans or insert cupcake cups.
  2. Stir together the salt, baking powder, and flour.
  3. Beat butter with an electric mixer on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until combined. Continue to beat and add the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add part of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then add some of the milk. Beat on low. Continue alternating like this until all of the milk and flour mixture have been added. Mix well. Pour into cupcake pans, filling to about halfway.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pans.
  6. See below for frosting ingredients and instructions.
Prepare your ingredients
Prepare your ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bring butter and eggs to room temperature. Grease and flour two cupcake tins or line with paper cupcake cups.

Step 1: Stir the Dry Ingredients

Stir together the salt, baking powder, and flour.

Step 2: Beat the Wet Ingredients

Beat butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar and combine well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 3: Combine and Fill Tins

Add some of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then add some milk. Continue alternating until well blended. Spoon into cupcake tins until half-full.

Step 4: Bake

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. It will be easier to frost the cupcakes if you can avoid over- or under-baking them. During the final few minutes, check frequently to ensure they come out perfectly.

Vanilla frosting ingredients
Vanilla frosting ingredients

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar (around 8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla*

*Note about choosing the what type of vanilla to use:

  • Vanilla paste will give your frosting tiny vanilla specks
  • Clear vanilla will make your frosting white
  • Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla will make the frosting off-white

Vanilla Frosting Instructions

Vanilla frosting is simple and requires only a few ingredients. This version will work perfectly every time.

  1. Make sure the butter is softened.
  2. Beat butter together with some powdered sugar and the vanilla and some milk. Alternate between adding sugar and milk until you are happy with the consistency.
  3. If the frosting is too thick, add a little more milk. If it is too thin, add a little more sugar.

Tip for Successful Frosting

Let the cupcakes cool entirely before frosting. Taking them out of the pan prematurely will result in crumbly cupcakes and melted frosting.

3.1 stars from 634 ratings of Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Questions & Answers

    What Do You Think About These Cupcakes?

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • profile image

        Cylie 

        4 weeks ago

        I made them and they turned very good that tasted delicious

      • juliemaynguyen profile image

        julie may 

        7 weeks ago from canada

        sound delicious, easy recipe to make even for beginner like me:), but not sure about the frosting.....8 cups of powdered sugar?

      • profile image

        Georgie Harington 

        3 months ago

        These were amazing!!! They were super moist, and bursted with flavor. They tasted like a true vanilla cake. Me and my fiends made these and it only took around hour and a half. The recipe is super simple and the ingredients were easy to get. My parent don’t really like cupcakes, because they can be so sweet, but the loved it! Super fluffy and moist, I recommend this recipe to anyone who loves cupcakes. I would say this is the best vanilla cupcake ever!!!

      • profile image

        kirtidv2006 

        4 months ago

        Looks delicious. My son would love this recipe. He doesn't eat eggs so I would probably have to find an egg substitute. Also I heard from some people that you can add yogurt to cake and it make it fluffy?

      • profile image

        Ella 

        7 months ago

        I made the cupcakes but I added so much more milk than I needed but the were very yummy

      • profile image

        Anonymous 

        8 months ago

        The cupcakes tasted like butter and sugar. I would definitely add more vanilla and bake for longer. These were also dense. If I did it again I would add blueberries but I Danita think I will be doing it again.

      • profile image

        Robyn 

        9 months ago

        These cupcakes tasted good, but they didn’t seem to rise enough and they stuck to the cupcake pan. I used liners and I tore a lot of them apart trying to get them out of the pan. The liners were wet and buttery on the bottom. Maybe I did something wrong? I won’t use this recipe again...

      • profile image

        Gillian 

        11 months ago

        Made these cupcakes with my grandaughter this weekend and they turned out delicious.

        Thank you for a great recipe

      • profile image

        juliette (kid) 

        12 months ago

        yum i think they are delicious you should make them too the only problem is that if you make a mistake they turn out horrible you need to make them exactly perfect so if you can't bake don't try these you won't be able to make them just get a lot of simpler recipes but over all this is a keeper :3

      • profile image

        Gilliam Richards 

        13 months ago

        A great recipe, I made these for my grandaughters 8th birthday, they were delicious.

        Very tasty and light.

        Thank you for a great recipe

      • profile image

        Terri Zimmerman-Frank 

        15 months ago

        Thank you for sharing, but the cupcakes were heavy and dense.

      • profile image

        Bryce Philips 

        19 months ago

        I like cupcakes

      • profile image

        Berthe 

        23 months ago

        wow verry nice recipe thankyou :)

      • profile image

        Valerie 

        23 months ago

        Question, it really givea a large window of baking time. What amount of time did each of you bake them until they were fully cooked and not overdone?? Thanks!

      • vietahardiansyah profile image

        vietahardiansyah 

        2 years ago

        These cupcakes sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

      • profile image

        Lynette 

        2 years ago

        I just made 72 cup cakes from this recipe. The best. One thing I want to tell everyone is when you measure the flour take a tbsp and put the flour in the cup. Do not scoup with the measuring cup. Also, do not bang on the cup, that is when your cake becomes very heavy. Doing this with any flour makes your cake the best. This is a keeper. Thanks for this recipe.

      • profile image

        Katie 

        2 years ago

        Hi, I just made these today for my grand kids after school snack. They are moist and delicious!!!!! I can't imagine what MrsSipos might of done because the texture of the ones I made were perfect! That's to bad. Thank you for a wonderful recipe that will be my new go to.

      • profile image

        MrsSipos0906 

        2 years ago

        I honestly thought the texture was awful. It came out like cornbread. They're very bland in my opinion and they taste like eggs. Not a fan.

      • profile image

        Tori 

        3 years ago

        i just finished baking me and they look great. Haven't taken a bite or frosted them yet but with the batter it was easy to make just had a lot left over after filling 30 cupcakes. I think the batter recipie is ment for jumbo cupcakes instead of regular size. Still fun and easy to make tho

      • profile image

        Krystal 

        3 years ago

        Hi, just a quick question - are the eggs large eggs or regular-sized eggs?

      • profile image

        Shannon 

        3 years ago

        These were the best cupcakes I've ever had... And I never leave good reviews but I had to... I ran out of vanilla after the cupcakes so substituted for chocolate frosting but they were delicious.. Cupcake recipe is a keeper

      • profile image

        jazmine 

        3 years ago

        These were so horribly dense! Flavor just taste like a fluffy breaded sugar cookie, didn't even bother with the frosting :(

      • profile image

        Ashlee 

        3 years ago

        Horrible.....jk I luv em

      • profile image

        uio 

        3 years ago

        I am curious, it sounds like a lot of people thought they came out great, I cannot afford to have them turn out crappy. Any for sure thoughts... ive made homemade before but they always came out dry.... so if these turn out bad.. what a waste

      • profile image

        Sweets 

        3 years ago

        These was the worst cupcake evrer do not try the recipe its horrible

      • profile image

        julie 

        3 years ago

        I made this and followed the recipe, the turned out chewy I would not make them again.

      • Rachel L Alba profile image

        Rachel L Alba 

        3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        I just came across your hub for vanilla cup cakes. I thought it was so good because vanilla cup cakes aren't that interesting, normally. But you made this cup cake look so yummy. I have a granddaughter who loves vanilla, so I will be trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      • profile image

        Akash 

        4 years ago

        Loved the guest towel cupcake; I am going to make them for all oanscsiocs and for my bathrooms. I have seen so many other videos, but you are the best. Thank you so much.

      • peachpurple profile image

        peachy 

        4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        The frosting idea is cool, do i need to use the cake mixer?

      • DaphneDL profile image

        Daphne D. Lewis 

        4 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

        These sound great! I'm not only wanting to try these, but will now probably be adding extra vanilla to any cupcakes or cakes I make in the future.

      • fpherj48 profile image

        Paula 

        4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Is it just me, or have there been an awful lot of extremely delicious-looking desserts on HP lately? These cupcakes have me drooling. Either I'm reading while hungry, my sweet tooth is out of control or I simply cannot resist desserts!

        I bake so seldom because I live alone and nothing is ever as good after it's been frozen for a while. Could I eat a dozen cookies or cupcakes by myself in a matter of 3 days? I sure could and I have. That's a good reason for me to just buy a few of something from the bakery!! LOL

        UP+++

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Too much flour for sure. I made a 2nd batch with 1/2 cup less flour, 1/2 cup more sugar and 1 tsp more of vanilla and I liked them much better.

      • Kiwisoutback profile imageAUTHOR

        Kiwisoutback 

        5 years ago from Massachusetts

        @anonymous: I'm sure it will come out different, but baking crisco might work. It will have a different taste.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @Kiwisoutback: It's not the extract's problem, it's the ratio of butter to sugar. I use 1/2 cup of butter with 1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and vanilla extract and it makes a great frosting

      • Kiwisoutback profile imageAUTHOR

        Kiwisoutback 

        5 years ago from Massachusetts

        @anonymous: Frosting is tough. Maybe vanilla bean paste would taste better than extract?

      • profile image

        Krisenvorsorge 

        5 years ago

        yummy I love cupcakes!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @Kathryn002: Cupcakes themselves were good. Not a fan of the frosting though. I need to work on that. Hope this helps. :)

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        I made them and i put the right amount of flour but they turned out thick and tasted like flour.... I would change that amount of flour to 1 1/2 cups instead of 2 1/2 cups. Didn't realize while i was making them. But good besides that.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        LOVED these cupcakes! The texture was spot-on. Used a simple peanut butter frosting and the combination was inspired. I liked the 4 tsps of vanilla, too.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        @Kiwisoutback: Can I substitute crisco for the butter?

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        This cupcake recipe was awesome. I didn't let the eggs and butter get to room temp, but it came out yummy and buttery anyway. It reminded me of wedding cake! Delicious!!!! Only annoying thing about the recipe is letting the eggs and butter get to room temp who has time for that!?

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Just tried this recipe. I got confused when to add the flour...but delicious ... I added 4 tsps of vanilla....but my daughter loved them an she's very particular about her cupcakes.

        Great , easy and all ingredients are on hand....

      • profile image

        ChroniclesofaWa 

        6 years ago

        I agree with you on the imitation vanilla extract. Great recipe. :)

      • aliciamaggie54 profile image

        aliciamaggie54 

        6 years ago

        This sounds so good. Thank you for sharing:)

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        the frosting recipe is confusing. It says add the milk and sugar and beat, then add the 1/3 cup milk and rest of the sugar and beat????

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        i think you should use 4 tablespoons of vanilla because it tastes better like that p.s. great cupcakes

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Great cupcakes! Very easy. The recipe makes a lot more than it says. I got 2 dozen out of it.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        THESE CUPCAKES ARE RIDONCULES I

      • Kiwisoutback profile imageAUTHOR

        Kiwisoutback 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        @anonymous: I'll take a look at the directions and revise. Thanks!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I tried baking these and added toasted coconut and pecans to recipe, fabulous!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I love the cupcakes but the direction were a bit unclear. I added all the ingredents together by accident. But as my first time baking cupcakes, they were delicious!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        These were really good. I added two tablespoons to the milk before adding to the egg and flour mixture. I didn't make the frosting because frostings are hard!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        i just tried this receipe and i got a lot more than 16.. i got almost 3 dozen cupcakes.... medium size!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        really good recipe

        !!!!!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        This is awesome i am definitely getting an A on a project.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Im going to try these, they look really easy

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I used this vanilla recipe and added some cinnamon and it tasted great..

        You all should try it..! :)

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Hi! I am making these and It says 12-16 cupcakesâ¦.I should have known it was not right with 2.5 cups flourâ¦( I only have one 12 muffin pan), and I had enough extra to make an entire other cake in addition to 12 cupcakes. FYI

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Cute! really inspires me!!!!!!!!

      • Alana-r profile image

        Alana-r 

        6 years ago

        Thanks so much for a delicious recipe, will check out its evil twin too!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        nice and perfect

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Idk what I did wrong, but they tasted horrible when I made them. :( Maybe I will give it another shot.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I took your advice and added extra vanilla even as a kid this recipe is really easy!!!! My sister and I made for my littles sisters birthday party and she loved them

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I tried this vanilla cupcake recipe and they were delicious. They werebest I ever baked. Thank you.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Just made these....they are absolutely delish! Don't over-bake!! Add extra vanilla!! Thanks!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        BEST CUPCAKES EVER!!!!!

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        love these cupcakes - but think chocolate frosting tastes best on them. :-)

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Just made these... The best cupcakes EVER!

      • KimGiancaterino profile image

        KimGiancaterino 

        6 years ago

        These vanilla cupcakes look mighty yummy!

      • profile image

        makemoneyonline5 

        6 years ago

        Ok you win, baking these on the weekend, organic living just on hold for one weekend lol. I have to get my hands on that Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla also :) Great lens.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        My granddaughter is 6 yrs.old...She LOVES to bake cupcakes. Emma is very creative & talented in whatever she has a passion for!!! Emma is always doing a craft (she calls it a project) . Would you give Emma some cupcake ideas for her Mom for Mother's Day. Thank you.

      • gatornic15 profile image

        gatornic15 

        6 years ago

        Looks good! I always prefer vanilla over chocolate.

      • Elyn MacInnis profile image

        Elyn MacInnis 

        6 years ago from Shanghai, China

        I like vanilla cupcakes better than chocolate, although I am sure lots of people would disagree. Vanilla has its own lovely fragrance. Thanks for the recipe.

      • MartieG profile image

        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

        6 years ago from Jersey Shore

        Look simple and wonderful! :>)

      • profile image

        cupcakeideas2011 

        6 years ago

        Simple yet very tasty looking vanilla cupcake.

      • kindoak profile image

        kindoak 

        6 years ago

        That's a nice recipe. I will save it for some special occasion when I allow myself a good dose of sugar :)

      • profile image

        cupcakeideas2011 

        6 years ago

        All time favorite cupcake flavor! Banana cupcake.

      • savenlives profile image

        savenlives 

        6 years ago

        looks oh so yummy!!

      • profile image

        drozer 

        6 years ago

        yum yum yum ...i love it

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I really like chocolate but now that i tasted these i kinda like vanallia now

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Yum yum yum yum!!!! So good will make again, I doubled the recipe and instead of vanilla extract I used vanilla bean paste but only 1.5 teaspoons. Thanks for the great recipe.

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        delicious looking indeed!

      • BunnyFabulous profile image

        BunnyFabulous 

        7 years ago from Central Florida

        this looks awesome! love vanilla cupcakes!

      • profile image

        julieannbrady 

        7 years ago

        Yumm indeed ... I think I'd like to add some lemon or orange zest to the icing and voila!

      • krakensquid profile image

        krakensquid 

        7 years ago

        Great lens, vanilla cupcakes are my favourite! Feel free to check out my lens about making Margarita Cupcakes, if you'd like :)

      • profile image

        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I made these today! OMGosh they are the best cupcakes I had ever made. They taste just like sugar cookies. I used almond milk in mine and sifted the flour. they turned out moist and soft. thank you for the recipe!

      • Mistalina profile image

        Mistalina 

        7 years ago

        These cupcakes sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

      • profile image

        blanckj 

        7 years ago

        These look totally delectable.

      • aka-rms profile image

        Robin S 

        7 years ago from USA

        This delicious cupcake lens is being featured at the Cupcake Club blog today!

      • profile image

        gravityx9 

        7 years ago

        cute poster and I can hardly wait to try your recipe!!!THUMBS UP and fave!

      • Kathryn002 profile image

        Kathryn002 

        7 years ago

        Really good tips - I feel hungry now! I like that the lens is clear and easy to read without being too long.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)