Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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Cupcakes are one of my favourite things to bake and over the last few years I have made some YouTube videos which feature cupcakes with different decorating techniques. A few of you have been asking for the recipe that I use to create my vanilla cupcakes, so I thought I would put a video together and share with you with the recipe and how I make them. These cupcakes are so easy to make with just 6 ingredients and I just love their light and fluffy texture.

Watch how I make my vanilla cupcakes below or scroll down for the full recipe

As you can see from the photo below when you break into one of the cupcakes they have this light yellow, golden colour with a really light and fluffy texture. In this video I use vanilla essence to flavour the cupcakes, but you can substitute this for any flavouring and the recipe will still work perfectly.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe


  • 200 g Self Raising Flour (7oz)
  • 200 g Room Temperature Butter (7oz)
  • 200 g Caster Sugar 7oz
  • 2 Eggs (medium)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence / Flavouring
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 340 g Icing Sugar (12oz)
  • 170 g Room Temperature Salted Butter (6oz)
  • 1.5 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Favouring ((or favouring of your choice))
  1. To make the cupcakes I add all the ingredients into my mixing bowl at the same time. Then using an electric hand whisk or electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment you want to mix them up until well combined (this usually takes around 30 seconds).

  2. You then want to split the mixture into my 12 cupcake cases and bake them in a preheated oven for around 23 – 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

    When setting my oven I always use a normal oven setting. If you are using a fan oven you will need to reduce the temperature and bake for a little longer. With a fan over you may find that the outside bakes a little quicker than the inside.

  3. Once they have a nice golden colour on the outside you can test they are baked on the inside by using a cocktail stick or bamboo skewer. Poke it into the center of your cupcakes, if it comes out clean you know they are baked all the way through.

  4. You then want to let your cupcakes cool.

  5. To make the buttercream; sift the icing sugar into your mixing bowl. Then add the room temperature butter (you want to make sure with buttercream you are using a real butter rather than a spread). Add in your flavouring and start your mixer. You can then add the milk to get the consistency you are looking for.

  6. Mix on a medium / high speed for around 5 minutes. You will see your buttercream start to turn really creamy. You can then add any colouring of your choice. Gel colours work well as you are not adding any liquid to your buttercream.

  7. You can then add your buttercream into your piping bag with a piping tip of your choice and pipe a pretty swirl on the top of your cupcakes. Read more about making the perfect buttercream here.

Creating Chocolate Cupcakes

You can also use this recipe to make chocolate cakes too. If you substitute 20g of the self raising flour for 20g of cocoa powder and take out the vanilla flavouring you have a deliciously moreish chocolate sponge cupcake.

Buttercream, Cupcakes

I really hope you enjoy this video and find it helpful in your own baking.
Why not save the recipe for later and pin it to Pinterest

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Thank you for reading!

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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