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.