A Recipe for Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

A recipe for vanilla cupcakes yeilding 6 cupcakes.


  • All-Purpose Flour: ¾ cup
  • Baking Powder: 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter: ½ cup (1 stick), softened
  • Sugar: ¾ cup
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Milk: ¼ cup


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your gas oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, use your hand mixer to beat the softened butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  4. Beat in Eggs: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Alternate Wet and Dry: With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Fill the Liners: Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ full.
  7. Bake: Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool: Let the cupcakes cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting (optional):

You can frost the cupcakes with your favorite frosting or simply dust them with powdered sugar. Here’s a simple buttercream frosting you can make with your hand mixer:


  • Unsalted Butter: ¼ cup (½ stick), softened
  • Powdered Sugar: 1 ½ cups
  • Milk: 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla Extract: ½ teaspoon


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with your hand mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating on low speed until combined.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.


  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the batter can lead to dense cupcakes.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter and eggs are at room temperature for the best results.
  • Test for Doneness: The toothpick test is the most reliable way to determine if your cupcakes are done.
  • Creative Toppings: Get creative with your frosting flavors and toppings!

Enjoy your delicious homemade cupcakes!

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