Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Transform this into a masterpiece by adding your choice of ingredients. But, of course, they are great eaten plain too!

Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe
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November 2009

Vanilla cupcakes are the perfect base for fillings and frostings because of its fullest flavor and fragrance. Transform this simple treat into a masterpiece by adding your choice of ingredients. But, of course, they are great eaten plain too!

Make this recipe the base for other cupcakes like Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Buttercream FrostingLemon Meringue Cupcake Sandwich

Makes about 18 pieces  

Prep Time 10 to 15 minutes  

Baking Time 20 to 25 minutes 


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh milk


1  Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a muffin pan with paper cups.

 Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

 In a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

4  Add egg yolks one at a time. Pour in vanilla.

5  At low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

6  In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and gently fold into the batter.

7  Scoop into muffin pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until center of each cupcake is springy when lightly touched.

Click to see How to Make Icing Designs

Selling? Try these ideas! 
1.  Tiramisu Cupcakes
Mix about 1/3 cup instant coffee with 1 to 2 tablespoons Marsala(or other coffee liqueur) and 1/4 cup sugar to make coffee syrup. Pour some on each cupcake and poke the center so it's easily absorbed. Top each with whipped cream cheese (1 cup cream cheese with 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 cup whipped cream).

2. Tres Leches Cupcakes
Mix 1:2 ratio of heavy cream and condensed milk, thin with a little amount of evaporated milk, and pour into each cupcake. Top with whipped cream and fruits.

3. Laced Strawberry Cupcakes
Make simple syrup (a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water) until sugar is dissolved. Cool and add 1 to 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier. Brush on each cupcake. Then whip whipping cream and gently fold in chopped fresh strawberries; pipe over each cupcake and decorate with white chocolate shavings.


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