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My Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

It’s hard to beat a vanilla cupcake. There is something about the simplicity of vanilla that makes it almost elegant. And sometimes we just crave the simple things in life, such as the perfect simplicity of biting into a sweet, soft vanilla cupcake smothered in buttercream frosting.

You are going to love these cupcakes. I am serious when I say this vanilla cupcake recipe is my favourite. They are just everything a cupcake should be, light, soft, and sweet. You can top them with whatever frosting you prefer, but for me all they need is a simple vanilla buttercream topped with sprinkles – because everything is more fun with sprinkles!

Chances are you have everything you need to whip up a batch of these little cakes ready to go in your pantry. They are so simple and easy to make, and did I mention extremely delicious? So really you don’t have any excuses not to make these cakes!

I make these cupcakes a lot. Whenever I have an occasion that calls for some baking such as a birthday, work lunch, or just a general need for cake, I make these. They can be made so quickly, and often I will bake them the night before and on the day make the frosting to finish them off. Although, everything can be done the day before you need them, just keep them in a cool location in an airtight container. These cakes are best consumed within 2-3 days, but let’s be honest, they wouldn’t really last longer that that!

This recipe uses alternatives to the usual butter and milk making them lactose free so that I can devour them. That is one of the reasons I started baking again after I found out it was lactose that was making me sick, as it has allowed me to enjoy the foods that I cannot just go out and buy. In all of my cooking I use Nuttelex Lite in place of butter. I think it gives a great flavour and seems to work the same as butter, and it isn’t oily like margarine which is a big bonus. I also use a lactose free milk in this recipe, but you could make these cupcakes completely dairy-free by using an alternative such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Whatever your need for cake is, these sweet little vanilla cupcakes are perfect and will be a guaranteed hit for any occasion.

The Best Vanilla Cupcakes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Sally
What You'll Need
For The Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 125 grams of Nuttelex Lite or any dairy/lactose free butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup SR flour
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup milk*
For The Basic Vanilla Frosting
  • ½ cup Nuttelex Lite
  • 3-4 cups icing mixture
  • 1 tbsp milk*
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pink food colouring optional
  • Sprinkles optional
What To Do
For The Vanilla Cupcakes
  1. In a large bowl, beat Nuttelex and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Mixture should be light and creamy.

  2. Slowly mix in sifted flour and milk until mixture comes together.
  3. Using 2 tablespoons, spoon mixture into patty cases. Bake in oven for 18 mins at 180 or until cakes spring back when lightly touched.

For The Basic Vanilla Frosting
  1. Beat Nuttelex with an electric mixer adding in icing mixture ¼ cup at a time. Make sure all icing mixture has been combined completely with the butter before adding in the next bit.
  2. When about half of the icing sugar has been combined, add in the milk. This will make the frosting a smoother consistency.
  3. Once all icing mixture has been combined with the butter and you have a smooth and creamy consistency, add in vanilla and food colouring if desired. I added a few drops of pink to give this frosting a soft colouring.
  4. Spoon frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top with sprinkles and enjoy!


*I make these with either lactose free milk or vanilla almond milk for a completely dairy-free cupcake.

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