Jul 23, 2010
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Vanilla Cupcakes

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 Frosting, Lemon Meringue Cupcake Sandwich

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
4 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.


Photography by David Hanson | Food Styling by Elaine P. Lim | Food Preparation by Patty Loanzon of Heny Sison Culinary School

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  • Tricia Genova Feb 08 2012 @ 10:06pm View all replies1 Report Abuse
    I don't have cake flour, would it be okay to use plain all purpose flour?
  • Marigold L. Regalado Feb 19 2011 @ 10:45pm Report Abuse
    tried this recipe,easy to do.....perfect vanilla cupcake:) yummy......
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