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The Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

The Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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

Our easy vanilla cupcake recipe is always a huge hit. You will have to try them yourself!

Come winter, it seems to be everyone’s birthday – mine, my daughter’s, my brother’s, my best friend’s, the list goes on! Is there anything better than a vanilla cupcake to celebrate with? I think not! Cupcake recipes are so fun to bake and eat!

vanilla cupcakes on a white plate

It took me years to figure out that in order for the cupcake to BE the best, it had to actually BE a cupcake recipe! These classic vanilla cupcakes are a fluffy cupcake and a great recipe for birthday parties. After you enjoy this delicious recipe it will quickly become your favorite vanilla cupcakes recipe! While you may feel the need to use a vanilla cake box mix, I assure you the vanilla flavor is subpar to these simple vanilla cupcakes!

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 good 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!

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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Kathy Kartsonis

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

How much butter

momma lew

Friday 1st of October 2021

There is no butter in this cupcake recipe.


Friday 20th of August 2021

I just made these cupcakes. I chose this recipe because it didn't require any special ingredients that I might not have on-hand, like sour cream or buttermilk. I also saw one reviewer say that the batter was runny. I have a chocolate cupcake recipe that also has very runny batter and those cupcakes are amazing, so this recipe seemed just what I was looking for. So, I began and once everything was mixed in I found myself with a ton of batter. For me, this recipe made 28, not 16, cupcakes. That's fine. I like cupcakes. Also, the cooking time was longer than 15 minutes. At 15 minutes, mine were still liquid. I had to cook mine for 25 minutes at 350F for a fully cooked cupcake. Then the moment arrived. How do they taste? They are very, very tasty! Like, yum! However, mine came out a little doughy feeling in your mouth. Fluffy, but somehow not light. I mean, they're still delicious. Will I eat them? Yes. It's possible I might have gone a little heavy handed on the flour. I will definitely try this recipe again weighing the flour so I don't put in too much.

Teresa Mays

Thursday 30th of September 2021

@momma lew, one recipe calls for butter, but the printed version doesn’t. Do I use butter and how much? Thx Teresa Mays

momma lew

Friday 20th of August 2021

A lot of times when baking, as in the case of these vanilla cupcakes, things like the weather, humidity or lack of, altitude, freshness of ingredients, etc. can all have a part in how your recipe comes out. I lay a lot of this out in my Baking E-Book. It's free and you can get it here:


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Can I substitute Oat milk for cow milk?

momma lew

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

I have never tried this, but the only way to know is to try and see what happens! Let us know how your vanilla cupcakes come out!

Bradley Forrest Anderson

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

The batter seems really runny?

momma lew

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

How did they come out?


Thursday 7th of May 2020

we have been on the hunt for the best vanilla cupcake recipe and this is it!!! so moist and the taste is right on. thank you for sharing!

momma lew

Thursday 7th of May 2020


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