Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

by MomGrind


We use this cupcake recipe every time the kids’ school announces a bake sale. The recipe is super easy, the cupcakes are fun to decorate, and they are always sold out within minutes.

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
0.5 cup (1 stick) butter, softened but not melted
3 eggs, lightly beaten
0.5 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon high quality vanilla or coconut extract

For frosting:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon high quality vanilla or coconut extract

For decorating:
M&Ms, sprinkles, small marshmallows, or any other favorite candy.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking soda.

In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add sour cream, milk and vanilla or coconut extract and mix until you get a creamy batter.

Add flour mixture to the batter. Mix until combined.

Spoon cupcake batter into muffin tin, filling lined muffin cups almost full (you might be able to get more than 12 cupcakes from this cupcake recipe – maybe 14 or 15):


Bake 17-18 minutes. This is how the cupcakes look in the oven after about 15 minutes. Almost ready, but not quite:


To me, this is the magic of baking and why I love baking so much: watching the heat turn limp, sticky batter into an airy, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth treat. It’s pure magic.

This is what the cupcakes look like when they come out of the oven, after about 18 minutes:


Allow the cupcakes to cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack:



These cupcakes are excellent without any frosting, but if you want to frost them, or if your kids are making you frost them, prepare the frosting while the cupcakes are cooling: beat the cream cheese until softened, using an electric mixer on medium. Slowly add the sugar and vanilla or coconut extract, and beat for a couple more minutes, until creamy. When the cupcakes are cool, frost them (we use very little frosting, but you can use as much as you like) and decorate! This is the best part.

Well, ALMOST the best part. 😀

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