The Best Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe That You Will Ever Need

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 20 cupcakes 1x


These are the best vanilla cupcakes because they are moist, and remain light colored even after baking, which allows you to have vibrant colors if you dye your batter.



  • 430 grams all-purpose flour
  • 265 grams granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 11/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Frosting

  • 11/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 cups (680 grams) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 23 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees. Line your tins to make approximately 20 cupcakes.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt) in your mixing bowl. 
  3. Then, add the softened butter and mix on low speed. Blend until there are no remaining butter chunks and the mixture resembles a fine sand texture.
  4. Next, add in the wet ingredients (eggs, whole milk, vegetable oil, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Blend on low until all dry ingredients are well incorporated. Don’t forget to clean the sides of the bowl and beater.
  5. Fill the cupcake tins about 3/4 full. 
  6. Bake the cupcakes for about 40-50 minutes. These cupcakes are baked at a lower temperature setting but for a longer amount of time to make sure they stay moist during baking and maintain the coloring that we added to the cupcake.
  7. At about 40 minutes you will want to insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake to check for doneness. If the toothpick removes wet batter, continue baking for another 10 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean or with crumbs. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and place them on a wire rack. 


  1. In the stand mixer, or using a handheld mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy. 
  2. Add in the salt and the confectioner’s sugar in several additions and mix until combined.
  3. Then, add in the vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk and mix well. If you prefer a thinner consistency go ahead and add in the remaining milk.
  4. Beat for 2-3 minutes to get it light and fluffy.


These cupcakes are baked low-and-slow so that they remain light colored. This allows you to add food dye to your batter and have vibrant colors come out of the oven.

  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vanilla cupcakes, classic vanilla cupcakes, traditional vanilla cupcakes