My favourite Vanilla Cupcakes

My favourite vanilla cupcakes and the best vanilla cream cheese frosting!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Laura


  • Cupcakes
  • 125 g butter softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla beans optional
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 30 grams butter softened
  • 80 grams cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  • For the cupcakes:
  • In a stand mixer cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time and beat for 30 seconds after adding each one and for another minute until well incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.
  • Add vanilla and mix in.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  • Add half the flour mixture and half the milk to the batter and beat slowly until combined.
  • Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
  • Add vanilla beans if using and mix for 1 minute.
  • Scoop the batter into lined muffin tins and bake at 180 degrees C for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Place cupcakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting:
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed for 4-5 minutes until frosting is fluffy.
  • Add colouring if desired and either pipe onto cooled cupcakes or spread using a knife.
  • Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 102mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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