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Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercream

 In Baked Goods, Dessert, Recipes, Vegetarian

Perfectly moist vanilla cupcakes topped with whipped vanilla buttercream and sprinkles is the ultimate, classic bake and is perfect as a birthday treat.

Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercreamClassic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercreamBefore I started Simply Delicious, I was a pretty frustrated stay-at-home-mom. I loved taking care of the twins but I needed an outlet for my creativity and I knew I wanted to create something. I started a small cupcake business baking and selling cupcakes as a way to keep me busy when my babies didn’t need my attention. It was so much fun creating the flavours and playing with piping techniques etc. But then the recession hit and people didn’t have money for cupcakes anymore. Boo. Anyway, it was meant to be because a few months later I started Simply Delicious and the rest is history.

Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercreamClassic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercreamBut to this day, people still ask me for my vanilla cupcake recipe and every now and then, friends and family will beg and plead for me to bake them a batch. I’ve always found this quite funny because you guys, there is no simpler recipe than this one. It’s literally a one-bowl batter that takes like 5 minutes to whip up. And it delivers perfectly moist delectable cupcakes every time.

Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercream
They are the perfect base for any frosting you’d like to top them with but here I’ve kept the vanilla theme by topping them with swirls of whipped vanilla buttercream. Whipping the buttercream results in smooth, light buttercream which adds just the right amount of sweetness to the cupcakes. Top them with a sprinkle of sprinkles and everyone’s happy because who doesn’t love sprinkles? No one that’s who!

Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercream

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Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercream
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Classic vanilla cupcakes with whipped buttercream Author: Alida Ryder Perfectly moist vanilla cupcakes topped with whipped vanilla buttercream and sprinkles is the ultimate, classic bake and is perfect as a birthday treat.
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  • ½ cup/ 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/seeds from one vanilla pod
for the whipped vanilla buttercream
  • 100g butter, room temperature
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • sprinkles, for decorating
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix through then add the milk and vanilla.
  5. Mix until everything is combined then spoon the batter into the cupcake liners.
  6. Place into the oven and allow to bake for 12-15 minutes until the cupcakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. To make the buttercream, whip the butter until pale then add the icing sugar and vanilla extract and whip until soft and fluffy. Add a little milk if your buttercream is too stiff.
  9. Transfer the whipped buttercream to a piping bag and pipe swirls of frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.
  10. Top with sprinkles and serve. (These cupcakes can be made the day before you intend to serving them.)

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  • Lu

    If I wanted to turn this into a cake instead of cupcakes, would the above recipe cater for 2x 20cm cake tins or would I need to double it to get a layer cake?

    • Alida Ryder

      I would double it just to be safe. I’ve never used this recipe for a layer cake so I won’t be able to say with certainty.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci

    You can never go wrong with a classic vanilla cupcake. These are beauties!

  • Reply

    These look delicious! And perfect timing, as I was looking for a simple vanilla cupcake recipe to bake for my daughter’s birthday party. Yay, I’m so happy I found it!!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Fida! Please let me know what you think when you’ve tried this recipe. x

  • Cathy |

    we’ve had similar paths and frustrations! i have a go-to vanilla cupcake recipe and it took me forever to perfect it. your cupcakes look sweet and delicious. my boys would devour them!

  • 2pots2cook

    Perfect for Sunday afternoon with coffee ! Thank you

  • Val

    What other flavorings could you add if you wanted something other than vanilla?

    • Alida Ryder

      The options are endless. Citrus zest (lemon cupcakes!), almond/caramel essence, etc. will all work.

  • Jenni

    These cupcakes are just darling. Your photos are so pretty.

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Alida, I hate to say this but it was best that your cupcake business ended bc you are slaying this food blogging thing. I think we all have that creativity bug. I was making preppy ribbon belts and selling them before my blog came about. These look like the perfect birthday treat!

    • Alida Ryder

      Aw, thanks Karen. That is a lovely thing to say. I think blogging is just our calling. 😉 These cupcakes are PERFECT for birthdays.

  • Reply

    We all need the perfect little vanilla cupcake in our dessert arsenal Alida! These look wonderful!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Mary Ann. They’re a classic for a reason. 🙂

  • Isra

    Hi. The 1/2cup butter what is that in grams?

    • Alida Ryder

      1/2 cup butter is 125g or 1/2 stick if you’re in America.

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