Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

5 from 37 votes
This classic vanilla cupcake recipe is going to become your new go-to baking recipe. This is a simple, easy, and quick recipe that even the kids will be able to help with.

Everyone should have a basic cupcake recipe in their repertoire, and I thought I would share mine! I can guarantee you that once you try this vanilla cupcake recipe once you will be coming back time and time again. 

Soft, fluffy, and moist, these cupcakes are a baker’s dream come true!

This is one of those recipes that your kids will love to help you with. Mine (ESPECIALLY my daughter) certainly do! I love this recipe so much because it’s so easy.

My daughter loves baking, and I made this recipe, especially for her. She loves learning how to decorate and this is the recipe that she uses for her new and creative designs.

I use self-raising flour in this recipe, but you could substitute this with plain flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. I often do this as plain flour has a longer shelf life than self-raising flour so it makes sense to keep stocks of plain flour.

Be sure that you still add the baking soda even if you use plain flour and baking powder. Baking powder and baking soda are NOT the same thing and cannot be used interchangeably.

Vanilla cupcakes may seem a bit too basic for some, but sometimes that’s all you need. Nothing fancy, just a good old cupcake with a cup of freshly brewed desi tea!

These are an absolute treat to make for anything from birthday parties to lazy Sunday afternoons. If you’re looking for something sweet then you have come to the right place.

The best thing about this vanilla cupcake recipe is that you can decorate it however you like. Add some whipped cream, or chocolate frosting, or even eat them plain. That’s how good they taste!

This basic cupcake recipe makes fluffy and delicious cakes that once made, you will make time and time again. This easy vanilla cupcake recipe will help you bake perfect fairy cakes every time.

Perfect for any occasion and so simple that even the kids can help you make it.

You can even use this recipe to create a perfect vanilla sponge cake with some added buttercream and jam. However, you choose to make it, this recipe will be guaranteed to be one of your favourites! A new recipe to add to your cookbook!

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Vanilla Cupcake

by Nabeela Kauser
This classic vanilla cupcake recipe is going to become your new go-to baking recipe. A simple, easy, and quick recipe that even the kids will be able to help with. Pair with a frosting of your choice or even eat plain, that’s how good they are. So soft, so moist, and so good!
5 from 37 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 166 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas mark 4
  • In a large bowl sift the self raising flour and sugar
  • Ensure that the butter is soft and cut into small cubes before adding into the mixture then whisk until a crumb-like texture is formed
  • Crack the eggs in a separate bowl then add the bowl one a time, whisking as you add until a smooth consistency is formed
  • Add the milk, vanilla extract and baking soda then whisk until just combined
  • Using a tablespoon or an ice-cream scoop add the mixture into the cupcake cakes – this will make 12 cupcakes
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown
  • Allow to cool then decorate and enjoy!



Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 261mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 304IUVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Baking, Cakes, Cupcakes
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1 year ago

Very easy and it seemed to be nice thanks

1 year ago

Is it bread soda or baking powder please

Katumba susan
Katumba susan
11 months ago

5 stars
Thanx for the recipe

Guramandeep Singh
Guramandeep Singh
10 months ago

5 stars
Can i get recipe for eggless vanilla cake

9 months ago

5 stars
Hi, any tips how to prevent the paper liners from shrinking away from the cake?

4 months ago

5 stars
I have not tried it yet but it looks nice

4 months ago

5 stars
They were gorgeous and super soft.

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