Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Vanilla Cupcakes

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I call these basic cupcakes because with them, you can play around with all types of decoration topping to make different themed cupcakes, such as the adorable Easter Nest Cupcakes. Another reason is that they are really easy – I was successful on my first attempt even though I had only one successful baking attempt (and many disastrous attempts) prior to this.

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Not only is the recipe easy, it also has minimal ingredients. If you are a total noob in baking just like me, I think this is the perfect cupcake recipe to use. As with all cupcakes (as opposed to muffins), they usually need some kind of frosting or fondue on top to make it more complete. However, they taste good on their own too and I am equally happy to enjoy them plain.

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.

Serves: 8 mid-sized cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.