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Vanilla Cupcakes

by Nick Makrides
Vanilla Cupcakes

‘Hey Nick, why don’t you cream the butter and sugar together?’ Heres the answer to how I make my Vanilla cupcakes:

I’m glad you asked! This is literally the most common question I get about this recipe, so let me answer it now… But not before I tell you that these vanilla cupcakes are super moist, slightly denser than regular cupcakes, and they taste amazing. And! The recipe is super versatile; you can pretty much flavour it with any flavour and colour it with any colour that you want (as you’re about to discover in this book…).

Now, down to business. Most vanilla cupcake recipes have you cream the butter and sugar together, which is called the ‘creaming method’. Instead, I use the reverse-creaming method, which is when the butter goes in with the dry ingredients and is mixed until it resembles fine crumbs. There are a couple of reasons for this: firstly, I used to work in a bakery and, in a bakery, you’ll find any way you can to save time. The reverse-creaming method is much quicker than the creaming method. Secondly, I use this method because it yields a much moister cake. The creaming method, although the batter comes out a little fluffier, usually makes a drier mixture. Lastly, I use this method because there is less chance of over-mixing the batter than with the creaming method.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Serves 20

4.72 from 35 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert, American
Cuisine: American



  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar caster - superfine
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract vanilla bean paste


  • 2 batches vanilla flavoured American buttercream frosting Swiss meringue buttercream frosting



  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C (275°F) or a conventional oven to 160°C (320°F). Line two cupcake tins with white cupcake liners.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • Next, add the softened butter and mix on low speed until the mixture reaches a crumbly, sand-like texture.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil, yoghurt and vanilla, and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds. It’s at this point that you can add any flavourings or food-gel colourings to the batter.
  • Fill each liner three-quarters of the way. Using an ice-cream scoop to transfer the batter to the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process, and ensures each liner contains exactly the same amount of batter and that the cupcakes will bake evenly. Bake for 40–50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • These cupcakes are perfectly paired with my vanilla or chocolate flavoured buttercream frosting. Fit the end of a piping bag with whichever piping tip you like and frost a swirl on top. Sprinkle with sprinkles!


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 229kcal
Carbonhydrates: 30g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 14mg
Sodium: 141mg
Potassium : 48mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 14g
Vitamin A: 171IU
Vitamin C: 0.1mg
Calcium: 68mg
Iron: 1mg
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Ajita Nawathe August 4, 2021 - 6:41 pm

Hey want to try this recipe can we scale down for a smaller batch?

Nick Makrides September 19, 2021 - 5:39 am

Hi Ajita, you can halve the recipe if you wish 🙂 N x

Andrea September 11, 2021 - 6:23 pm

How many oz is your cupcake liner? And what size of scoop do you use with it?

Nick Makrides September 12, 2021 - 2:15 am

Hi Andrea, the cupcake liners measure Bottom: 5cm, Height: 4cm, Top: 7.5cm. The scoop size I use for this recipe has a bowl diameter of 6.5cm bowl. N x

Kristy Armstrong March 24, 2022 - 8:46 pm

5 stars
Hi Nick, I just wanted to let you know I’ve been making your vanilla cupcakes for YEARS and they are always delicious. I’ve always wondered if they would work if I swapped out the plain flour and baking powder with self raising flour? I only ask as today I had no baking powder! Let me know if you’ve tried it. Love your recipes and videos. I always recommend your recipes to my friends 🙂

Nick Makrides April 27, 2022 - 1:27 am

Hi Kristy!, hmm, I’ve never tried it, but I think it could work. If you try it, let me know. I’d love to her how it went! N x

Alexia April 6, 2022 - 12:53 am

Hi Nick! I was wondering if there is a chance to convert the recipe to grams? I usually hace problems with cups, o where I can find a convertor for this one. Thank you so much. Love from Peru

Nick Makrides April 27, 2022 - 12:54 am

Hi Alexia! Theres a little button under the ingredients list that allows you to switch the ingredients to cups or grams 🙂 N x

Andrea June 6, 2022 - 9:56 pm

Hi is this recipe easily doubled? Thank you

Nick Makrides June 14, 2022 - 11:38 am

Yep! N x


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