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The Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This simply is the very best vanilla cupcake recipe you will find around! This easy vanilla cupcake recipe is frosted with a vanilla frosting and are an easy recipe for even a first time baker!

If you’re looking for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, look no further! This recipe is easy to follow and yields a delicious, fluffy cupcake full of vanilla flavor every time. 

Whether you’re baking simple vanilla cupcakes for birthday parties or just want a sweet treat for dessert, these classic vanilla cupcakes are sure to please! Cupcake recipes are so fun to bake and eat!

Once you try this cupcake recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought cupcakes or a box mix again, it will become your favorite vanilla cupcakes recipe!

vanilla cupcakes on a white plate

In order for a cupcake to BE the best, it had to actually BE a cupcake recipe! You’ll add this great recipe to your recipe box to use for years to come!

In order to ensure moist cupcakes, be sure to use a measuring cup to level out your flour. You can read my baking basics guide where I talk about what this means. Too much flour will create dry, dense cupcakes.

vanilla cupcakes on a white plate

How to Make the Perfect Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

    Be sure to use room temperature ingredients for best results.In a separate bowl, sift your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and salt. In a bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or electric mixer add sugar. Add the wet ingredients on low speed – milk, oil, vanilla and eggs. Add in the remaining flour mixture and mix on medium speed. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated into a smooth batter.Line muffin tin with cupcake liners (cupcake paper liners or silicone liners work fine).12-cup muffin pans work the best.For best results, use an ice cream scoop to scoop your cupcake batter into the liners.Each cupcake liner gets two scoops to ensure each cupcake is the same size and will bake evenly. If they are different sizes, the bake time will be off.Bake your homemade vanilla cupcakes for a recommended baking time of 15 minutes with an oven temperature of 350 degrees.You will know when your cupcakes are done when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcakes.Place your delicious cupcakes on a cooling rack for a little bit while you make your simple vanilla buttercream frosting. Frost your cooled cupcakes with piping bag. You can read my cake decorating if you need help.

unfrosted vanilla cupcakes

This is an easy cupcake recipe to transform into mini cupcakes. Mini Vanilla Cupcakes are just as fun and the easiest way to make a ton of cupcakes for an event.

Store your cupcakes in an airtight container.

Be sure to check out all of my Homemade Cupcakes recipes, like these chocolate cupcakes!

vanilla cupcakes on a white plate
vanilla cupcake recipe

The Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This simply is the very best vanilla cupcake recipe you will find around! These vanilla cupcakes are soft and fluffy, perfect for icing for your favorite person's birthday or simply just because!


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 
    3. Then mix in the milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix.
    4. You can use a hand mixer or use your stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. 
    5. Fill your muffin tins with cupcake liners. I like to use a cookie scoop to scoop the cupcake batter into the liners.
    6. Each cupcake liner gets two scoops.
    7. Bake vanilla cupcakes about 15 minutes or until the cupcakes come out clean in the center. 
    8. Let vanilla cupcakes cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting recipe!

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Sunday 4th of December 2022

Hi! Can you store these in the freezer? If so, for how long?

momma lew

Monday 5th of December 2022

You sure can! To freeze vanilla cupcakes, first bake them and then let them cool completely. Once they are cooled, place them in a plastic bag or container and freeze them for up to three months. When you are ready to eat them, let them thaw at room temperature or microwave them for a few seconds. And then frost.


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Can you use applesauce instead of oil?

momma lew

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

I really don't think that will be a good swap for these cupcakes.

Dora Viera

Monday 6th of June 2022

I made these with the buttercream icing and they were great.


Thursday 12th of May 2022

Was looking for a simple moist vanilla cupcake recipe and this was a good one! Like other reviewers mentioned, the batter is on the runnier side but don’t worry, it will bake up just fine. I subbed in soy milk and reduced the sugar to 1.25 cups. Still very moist and it was plenty sweet, especially since I frosted with vanilla and strawberry buttercreams.

This recipe made 16 standard cupcakes (baked at 350f for 25 min) and one 9” round cake (baked at 350f for 35 min) for me. The end result was light, fluffy and tender. It was very good as a cupcake but even better as a round cake!


Friday 4th of February 2022

Agree with many comments from others…. Makes more than 16, batter very runny, takes longer than 15 min, and they are delicious. We filled some with strawberry filling and frosted with vanilla buttercream- so good!

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