These simple vanilla cupcakes are light and fluffy with homemade ingredients. Skip the box and try out these delicious simple vanilla cupcakes.
Last month, it felt like we were on birthday celebration mode. My little one turned three and I keep asking myself, “where is the time going?” On Wednesdays, he doesn’t have school so many times we are in the kitchen side-by-side baking. It doesn’t matter what we are baking, he loves to help. So we made some simple vanilla cupcakes for his class. Later, we made monster truck fondant toppers because he LOVES monster trucks.
I’m so used to using a “doctored” box mix that I wondered if it was possible to create a homemade version that lived up to my past recipe.
The answer is YES!
After several tries, I got it right! These simple vanilla cupcakes are light and fluffy and go perfect with my buttercream frosting. I love how cupcakes can take on different flavors, but I wanted to go back to the basics. Once you have a perfect vanilla cupcake base, you can really start to get creative and add flavors, fillings and topping, like these candy-corn inspired cupcakes.
Simple Vanilla Cupcake Batter
The batter for the simple vanilla cupcakes start with the dry ingredients. You mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. You then add the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk. This is a really simple batter because it doesn’t involve creaming the butter and sugar together. The oil gives it a nice richness but also keeps the cupcakes light and airy.
How to Avoid “Sunken” Cupcakes
When I first started using my European oven, I was having a lot of trouble figuring out the right settings. Now that I have finally figured out which settings work best for baking, I want to share another tip. A lot of times, you will have cupcakes rising perfectly in the oven. You pull them out of the oven and come back a few minutes later and they have fallen or “sunk” down in the cupcake liner. One thing that helps is to pull the cupcakes out of the pan immediately and on to a cooling rack. I use a spoon to help pop the cupcakes out of the tin and onto to the cooling rack.
Simple Vanilla Cupcake Frosting
For the frosting, you can really use anything. I chose to use my vanilla buttercream to frost these simple vanilla cupcakes. I used a 1M piping tip to create the swirl on the top. The 1M piping tip Is my favorite tip. It can be used to create these perfect swirls on top of a cupcake, rosettes on the sides of a cake, or a pipped border on the bottom of a cake.
Things I used to complete this recipe:
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***This recipe yields about 14 cupcakes.
Simple Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cup flour 200g
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup oil 112g
- 1 cup sugar 200g
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk 115g
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (160 C)
- Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners
- Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) into a mixing bowl or stand mixer
- Add oil, sugar and vanilla
- Add eggs one at a time
- Add milk slowly
- Once combined, fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full
- Bake for 16-19 minutes. They are done when you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
- Once baked, transfer to a cooling rack immediately.