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Even Simpler, More Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins

How to Make a Perfect Vanilla Cupcake, From Scratch! This Tutorial, with Pictures, is based upon my Simply Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes. The New Recipe is Even Simpler, and More Perfect! You’ll love the Moist, Tender Texture and Rich Vanilla Flavor, and this Method is Easy as be, with just One Bowl!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best vanilla cupcake recipe, how to make vanilla cupcakes, vanilla cupcake recipe, vanilla cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 148 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with papers.
  2. Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir on low speed to combine.
  3. Add the butter, mixing on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about a minute).
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to be sure all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. Add the sour cream, milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste. Stir until fully combined.

  6. Fill the papers half full and bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

* Learn more about cake flour here: Why Use Cake Flour?
** If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute by stirring 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice into 2/3 cup of regular milk. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes, or until thickened and slightly curdled.
*** This cupcake recipe can also be baked in three 6-inch diameter, two 8-inch or 9-inch diameter cake pans, or in a 9x13-inch pan. Bake times may need to be extended.  You'll know your cake is done baking when a toothpick inserted in the thickest part comes out clean.  Click here for the layer cake version of this recipe: Perfect Vanilla Cake Recipe.

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Nutrition Facts
Even Simpler, More Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.