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The Most Amazing Vanilla Cupcake Recipe is an easy to make one-bowl recipe. You’ll never need another boxed mix again! 

Vanilla Cupcakes with chocolate frosting sitting on a white counter.
  • How do you make cupcakes extra fluffy?

    This cupcake recipe is already quite fluffy. For an extra fluffy cupcake, separate your eggs. Add the yolks in to the batter and beat the egg whites separately. Fold the egg whites in with the finished batter for the ultimate fluffy cupcake.

  • How do you know if your cupcakes are done?

    Gently tap the top off the cupcakes. If they feel springy and bounce back, they are done. If they jiggle, it means that the centers are not yet baked through. You can also use the toothpick test and stick a tooth pick into the center. If it comes out clean, your cupcakes are done.

  • How do you fill the inside of a cupcake?

    Filled cupcakes are so delicious! If you want to add a filling to your cupcake, make the cupcakes according to the recipe. Once they are completely cooled, place your filling into a piping bag with a wide, open ended tip. Place the tip directly into the top of the cupcake and squeeze about 2 teaspoons of filling inside. If you try to add too much, your cupcake will split.

Vanilla Cupcake with a bite taken out of it.


  1. Do not over mix your batter. You should only mix it until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will develop the gluten in the recipe which will make your cake rise beautifully in the oven, and then fall as soon as it is removed.
  2. Keep the oven door closed! If you want to check on your cupcakes, simply peak through the window. Opening the door lets heat escape and lets cold air rush in. This creates uneven baking, especially with cupcakes.
  3. Bake cupcakes in the center of the oven for the most even distribution of heat.
  4. Remove the cupcakes from the pan immediately after removing from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Letting them stay in the pan will continue baking the cupcakes and could dry out your cupcakes.
  5. Store cooled, frosted cupcakes in an airtight container to keep them from drying out.

For more delicious cupcake recipes check out the following:

FROSTING RECIPES: Buttercream Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe in The Stay At Home Chef cooking show. You can find the complete collection of episodes on YouTube, Facebook, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Vanilla Cupcake with chocolate frosting.
The Most Amazing Vanilla Cupcake Recipe is an easy to make one-bowl recipe. You'll never need another boxed mix again!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything gets mixed in.
  • Fill each cupcake liner half full. Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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5 stars
These cupcakes were absolutely delicious! The flavour was lovely and the texture was moist and fluffy! This is my new go to recipe for cupcakes. Thanks a lot Rachel!

Chris Cantu

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Bye bye box cake mixes.

Can i use margarine instead of the salted butter

We do not recommend substituting margarine in any baking recipe.

Sarah D

This is my go to vanilla cupcake and cake recipe now. It is SO good. Thank you for sharing it!


I am unable to process butter or margarine. Would you happen to have a cupcake recipe without butter? Many thanks

This recipe really does need the butter. The only suggestion I could give is to substitute the butter with a vegan butter stick substitute (not in a tub). Earth Balance is a common brand, but tends to be expensive. However, it is mostly made from oil, and because we haven’t tried it, we can’t guarantee how well it will turn out.

Myrna G.

Is it posdible to substitute buttermilk? I live in Italy and I am not able to buy it locally.

Yes, you can easily make your own buttermilk substitute. Here is a post devoted entirely to making your own buttermilk out of regular milk:


Hi you can make buttermilk at home, just add 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice in a cup of milk. Let is sit for 5 mins till its becomes a bit clumpy.


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Perfect. I added poppy seeds and they had the extra crunch.


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Super fluffy


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Hi I absolutely love all your recipes!!! Especially the Matilda cake!!! I was wondering how do these freeze? Especially if I use cake flour I work ft and have to bake 4 dz. for a friend’s daughter birthday wanted to bake them a week ahead and what would best way to thaw thank you again

To freeze, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then put in a zip top freezer bag. Let them thaw on the counter completely before frosting.


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Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Good????

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Liked this recipe, I love this Vanilla Cupcake Recipe. Looks Delicious!

I tried other recipes and it did not work, this one was wonderful cute. Excellent tips thank you very much!


Tried this today! I love how easy they were to make and how perfect they turned out! My go to from now on!


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Thanks so much…I think I found my perfect cupcake recipe..Made adjustments on the sugar and as like others have said, only managed about 18 cupcakes.

Risa N

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This is the first vanilla cake recipe that I’ve made successfully! It turned out moist and the kids I made them for loved them. The cake isn’t too sweet, so the buttercream recipe of yours compliments it so well. Thank you so much!

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