Best Vanilla Cupcakes

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Everyone has a different preference when it comes to vanilla cupcakes.

Some like them very soft and fluffy while others like them to be a little firm and dense.

It takes a bit of trial and error to finally find a recipe that YOU like.

Today, I am sharing the recipe for what I consider to be the best vanilla cupcakes ever!

These cupcakes are soft and fluffy with a strong vanilla flavor. They pair very well with buttercream icing or even chocolate frosting!

To make these cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp good quality vanilla extract OR 1 tbsp vanilla emulsion oil
  • Buttercream icing or Chocolate frosting

– This recipe yields about 16 cupcakes.
– Don’t forget to sift the flour! That’s what makes the cupcakes so fluffy.
– I like to use salted butter to cut the sweetness of the cupcakes slightly but if you like, you can use unsalted butter.
– More than 2 tsp baking powder may seem like a lot but that’s what you need to use. Don’t change the quantities and don’t use baking soda.

These are the instructions:

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, add flour and baking powder.
Whisk everything together.

Step 2:
In another mixing bowl, add the egg whites only.
Beat them until peaks form and mixture is very white, bubbly and fluffy.

Step 3:
In another mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and creamy.

Step 4:
Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix again.

Step 5:
Add the dry flour mixture and milk alternately.
Be very careful NOT to over-mix!

Step 6:
Fold in the egg whites into the batter very gently.
This batter will be thick.

Step 7:
Pour this batter into cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 8:
When the cupcakes have cooled down, frost them in buttercream icing on chocolate frosting.

And you are done!

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Well, that’s all for today.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy caking everyone!


  1. Thank you! Excited to try this since I love to experiment with vanilla cupcakes. Each recipe provides such different results. In step 5, what do you mean exactly by “mix alternately.” I know not to overmix…unless I want a glutenous mess…but please let me know what mix alternately means.


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