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Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Basic Vanilla Cupcakes

With this basic and easy cupcake recipe, you can play around with all types of decoration and topping to make different themed cupcakes.


  • 110 grams unsalted butter cut to small cubes and melted at room temperature
  • 110 grams caster or super fine sugar sifted
  • 110 grams self-raising flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Place baking cases in muffin tins. Spoon the mixture into the cases (about half filled).
  3. Bake in preheated oven of 175°C (350°F) for about 20 minutes, until the top just turn golden brown.
  4. Remove the tins from oven and cool for 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes and cool on a wire rack.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. If you have vanilla sugar, use half caster sugar and half vanilla sugar for an enhanced vanilla flavour.
  2. Store for a day in an airtight container. Freeze undecorated cupcakes in ziplock bags and whenever you need a cupcake or two, toast them for a few minutes in the oven till they are warm.
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72 comments on “Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe”

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  2. They look good enough to eat, I am drooling.

  3. Hi!

    Tried your lovely recipe. Turned out nice!

    Do you have any recipe for frosting? It would be good if you can share that too :) TIA!

  4. I tried to bake these cupcakes but the top burnt and the inside was still gooey. Is it because I have to completely melt the butter?

  5. Is it ok to use all purpose flour??

  6. Can i use airfryer to bake the muffins?

    • Sorry I have not use an airfryer to bake muffins before, though I know it has been (can be) done. Perhaps you can google the corresponding temperature & timing for baking muffins in an airfryer.

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