5 from 2 votes
The best homemade vanilla cupcakes recipe you will ever make. It's easy, tasty and great tasting with any frosting.
Vanilla Cupcakes
Work Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These vanilla cupcakes will be your go-to for every shower, school event, church function, weekend treat, baseball game, birthday party you name it!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Basic vanilla Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes
Yield: 24 standard cupcakes
Calories: 175 kcal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups whole milk
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light, about 3 min. Add eggs and vanilla and combine, scraping sides of bowl. Stir in flour mixture and milk alternately in 3 parts, starting and ending with flour.
  3. Divide batter among liners; fill standard cups ¾ full and mini cups just below the top. Bake until tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 min for standard, 15 min for mini. Cupcakes will stay a light color, so don’t wait until they are golden. Cool completely on racks.
  4. Ice with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting and decorate with candies.

Recipe Notes

Makes 3 dozen Mini Cupcakes

Unlike many vanilla cupcake recipes, this one doesn't brown. Don't look for a golden color as the cake bakes, if you see it they are overdone! They are beautiful blonde cupcakes, with a fine crumb and rich taste. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.