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My favorite Vanilla Cupcakes

Stacey - The Sugar Coated Cottage
My favorite vanilla cupcakes. For the times you just want a good classic.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 24 -27 cupcakes


  • CAKE:
  • 2 sticks butter room temp.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 4 eggs room temp
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temp
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Seeds from 1 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 lb butter room temp
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • CAKE:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line muffin tin with liners.
  • In large bowl add in the flour, baking powder and salt, mix to combine.
  • Cream the butter.
  • Add in the sugar, mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add in one egg at a time, mix completely.
  • Add in the flour mixture and buttermilk alternating each.
  • Add in the vanilla and vanilla seeds.
  • Mix completely to combine.
  • Pour batter into muffin cups.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let cool completely.
  • In medium sauce pan add the egg whites and sugar.
  • On medium heat you are going to whisk egg mixture until sugar is completely dissolved (you can test it by rubbing a small amount between your fingers to test it, it should be completely smooth).
  • Remove from heat and let mixture cool. (If mixture is too warm it will melt your butter when the time comes).
  • Transfer to mixing bowl and with whisk attachment whisk on high until stiff peaks form and mixture is completely cooled.
  • Switch to paddle attachment.
  • On low speed add the butter one piece at a time.
  • Increase mixer to medium/high speed and mix until buttercream forms.
  • Add in the vanilla, continue mixing until completely mixed in.
  • When cupcakes are cooled pipe frosting onto each cupcake and sprinkle with sprinkles.
  • I used Wilton tips: 1M and 2D
Keyword buttercream, cupcake, vanilla
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