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My favourite Vanilla Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
My favourite vanilla cupcakes and the best vanilla cream cheese frosting!
Course: Baking
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcakes, vanilla frosting
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 317 kcal
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
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. In a stand mixer cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  3. 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.
  4. Add vanilla and mix in.
  5. Mix flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  6. Add half the flour mixture and half the milk to the batter and beat slowly until combined.
  7. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
  8. Add vanilla beans if using and mix for 1 minute.
  9. Scoop the batter into lined muffin tins and bake at 180 degrees C for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Place cupcakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  11. For the frosting:
  12. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed for 4-5 minutes until frosting is fluffy.
  13. Add colouring if desired and either pipe onto cooled cupcakes or spread using a knife.
  14. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Facts
My favourite Vanilla Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.