This recipe makes the best vanilla cupcakes! They’re moist, full of vanilla flavor and topped with fluffy buttercream frosting.
Let’s talk cupcakes. If you like to bake, knowing how to make classic vanilla cupcakes is a necessity. So today I’m sharing my best vanilla cupcake recipe with homemade buttercream frosting.
So what makes these the best vanilla cupcakes? Well, I’ll tell you.
The best vanilla cupcakes are moist, fluffy and filled with vanilla flavor. The moist and fluffy ratio has to be perfect so each bite melts away in your mouth. The vanilla flavor can’t be toothachingly sweet, but sweet enough to keep you coming back for more.
Choosing the right frosting is also crucial. It’s easy to have a rich frosting overwhelm any cupcake, but I find that you can never go wrong with a classic buttercream frosting. It is the perfect compliment for classic vanilla cupcakes.
The buttercream frosting I used for these cupcakes is my absolute favorite. It’s not too sweet and is buttery smooth (I hate when you can taste the sugar granules in frosting).
To get that consistency, I beat the butter for a while, usually using the whisk attachment for my stand mixer. After about four or five minutes, the butter turns lighter in color and fluffy. Then, all you need to do is add the sugar and vanilla (maybe some milk if you want a thinner consistency) and pipe the cupcakes!
Of course the fun part is decorating! I’ll admit, half the reason I bake is to frost and decorate cupcakes. It is so satisfying—dyed frosting, cute paper liners, fun sprinkles—the possibilities are endless!
Over the years, my assortment of sprinkles and cupcake liner collection has grown immensely. The sprinkles and the liners for these cupcakes were a HomeGoods find. I love the pastel colors—they were perfect for Easter!
This recipe also works for other holidays. Want to make Christmas cupcakes? Dye the frosting green and decorate with red sprinkles. Need cupcakes for your Fourth of July party? Get red, white and blue jimmies and American flag toothpicks.
Like I said, when you’re making the vanilla cupcakes, the possibilities are endless!
So here’s your chance to bake the best vanilla cupcakes. Master this recipe and your family and friends will consider you a pro!
Recipe adapted from Pastry Affair.