Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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As I type this everyone is going crazy for banana bread, which I am sure is delicious, for me, I love to make up batches of cupcakes and one of my favourites to make are my easy go-to vanilla cupcakes. Not only are they light and fluffy, but you can be extra creative with your decoration – adding pretty buttercream icing and sprinkles, lemon-flavoured icing or even sweets or fruit toppings.

For today’s baking, I just wanted to make classic vanilla cupcakes, buttercream and rainbow sprinkles for a dash of colour, because I had unicorn sprinkles in my cupboard that I adore, plus who doesn’t want to eat 12 cupcakes!!!

Time To Bake – Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

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Servings: 6-12

Prep Time: 15-30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes


For the cupcake mixture

  • 120g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing

  • 140g butter, softened
  • 275g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • A few drops of food colouring (optional – depends on how you want to decorate)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake paper cases.
  2. Using a stand mixer, like a KitchenAid or K-Mix, cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat into the butter mixture a little at a time.
  4. Fold in the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture drops perfectly off the spoon.
  5. Divide the cupcake mixture, evenly, into the paper cases until they are three-quarters full.
  6. Cook the cupcakes for 15-20 mins or until slightly golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes, before placing onto a wire rack.

To Make The Buttercream Frosting

  1. To make the buttercream frosting, beat the butter until very soft. Then add the icing sugar, a little at a time, and beat until smooth using a little milk. Add more milk if necessary to ensure your mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Optional: If you want to make your buttercream a different colour, add food colouring and mix well.
  3. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and add a nozzle of your choice, I love the star nozzle. Then ice the cupcakes in swirls, starting from the centre and working outwards.
  4. Final touch, add sprinkles, fruit, sweets, biscuits – anything you want to decorate your vanilla cupcake.

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