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How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes

How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes

Pretty vanilla cupcakes are wonderful as is but if you really want to make this your own, let me suggest a lemon curd filling, raspberry jam, slivered almonds or dulce de leche ribbons! Too many varieties to mention! What a perfect spring picnic treat or birthday party dessert for the kid in all of us!

by Ericka Sanchez

What you'll need


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold milk

Vanilla Bean Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 vanilla beans, scraped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl mix butter and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs, 1 at a time and stir in vanilla. 
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and stir in milk.
  5. Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick  inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
  6. Vanilla Bean Frosting Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, whip butter for 7 minutes on medium speed until creamy and smooth.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on low speed for 60-90 seconds then increase the speed back to medium for 5 more minutes.
  8. Frost cupcakes and enjoy!