Vanilla Cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes deliciously flavoured with vanilla. You can’t go wrong with a good Vanilla Cupcake and that’s what this recipe is!   

Simple but delicious cupcakes 

This recipe is very simple and produces tasty cupcakes every time. Everyone needs a great Vanilla Cupcake recipe in my opinion. As the recipe is easy to follow, it is great for baking beginners but they also make a perfect base cupcake to decorate and create something special. These Vanilla Cupcakes are so versatile and they are a fantastic base recipe to have. 

Are these Vanilla Cupcakes easy to adapt?

I have lost count of how many times I have made these cupcakes over the years as they are my go-to cupcake. I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t like a vanilla cupcake. They are so easy to adapt to fit any occasion. A very simple way to do this is to use different cupcake cases and sprinkles etc to decorate them with. Another way to customise them is by piping the buttercream differently. 

What kind of vanilla should you use?

You can use either vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste, depending on which you prefer. I really like the flavour vanilla bean paste gives the cupcake and I like the little black flecks it leaves in the cupcake. You can also add some vanilla to the buttercream for even more vanilla yummy-ness. Whichever you use will give you a delicious cupcake! 

Different ways to pipe buttercream

There are so many different ways you can pipe the buttercream. The nozzle I used in the photographs was a star tipped nozzle, but there are hundreds of different nozzles and ways you can pipe the buttercream. Get creative and pipe however you like! 

How many cupcakes will this recipe make?

This recipe makes 12 large cupcakes and I use muffin cases for this. You can obviously make more, smaller cupcakes. Whatever size cupcake cases you use, only fill them 2/3 of the way. Adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the cupcake cases you use. 

If you would like to make cupcakes but don’t need 12, check out my Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes recipe. This recipe makes 6 delicious cupcakes. 

4.58 from 7 votes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes deliciously flavoured with vanilla. You can't go wrong with a good Vanilla Cupcake and that's what this recipe is!

Course Cupcakes
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Cupcakes, Vanilla, Buttercream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 390 kcal
Author Curly


For the cupcakes

  • 175 g margarine
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g self-raising flour

For the buttercream

  • 140 g softened butter
  • 280 g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan assisted, 180ºC  non fan) and line a cupcake tin with paper liners 

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together for roughly 5 minutes until light and fluffy 

  3. Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix again

  4. Add the flour and mix until it is combined. Spoon into 12 cupcake cases filling each 2/3 full

  5. Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes. Check they are cooked by piercing them with a cocktail stick, if the stick comes out clean they are cooked

  6. Leave on a wire rack to cool completely
  7. Once the cakes have cooled completely, make the buttercream. Start by beating the softened butter for a minute or two

  8. Add in the icing sugar and beat until mixed. Gradually add the milk a little at a time until you get a smooth but still quite thick consistency

  9. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes. Finish with any decorations

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 580IU12%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 thoughts on “Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Elaine Sherrin

    Cats cupcakes are the best!!! Maybe she will share other yummy recipes with you…if you’re very lucky.

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    1. Curly Post author

      Thank you. I wanted to decorate them quite simply for the photos but you can go as crazy as you like!

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  5. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Lovely classic recipe and they are so beautifully uniform and your piping is so neat! I have got a lot of practicing to do I fear lol. Big thumbs up for vanilla bean paste here too! I have only recently started using it and love it! Thank you for sharing these beauties with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    1. Curly Post author

      Haha thank you. Years ago I started off mainly making cupcakes so I did a lot of practising. I prefer using vanilla bean paste because of the flavour and those lovely little flecks.

  6. Jenny Walters

    These look beautiful. I love your photos and your icing is so symmetrical. I start off well but somehow always end up squiffy! I hardly ever bake a vanilla cupcake and I can’t think why?! Will definitely have a go at these as I would love to be able to produce something as good as these! I love a classic. Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

    1. Curly Post author

      Thank you Jenny. Haha sometimes I do have a dodgy one but you can just scrape it off and start again and no one will ever know! They are simple but a recipe I go back to time and time again.

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