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Super Easy Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe - Totally Fail Proof

Looking for a fail-proof basic vanilla cupcake recipe? This has been tested hundreds of times over several years and has never failed. Not only is it an easy to follow recipe but the cupcakes come out moist and taste amazing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcake
Prep Time 15 minutes


  • KitchenAid Standmixer


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Your favorite frosting for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Line a 12-cup standard cupcake pan or two 24-cup mini-cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • In another medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, (usually about 2 minutes). While beating the batter, slowly pour in the melted butter and then the vanilla.
  • While mixing slowly, add half of the flour mixture. Then add all the milk, followed by the remaining flour mixture; take care not to overmix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin tin.
  • Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, rotating the tin about halfway through baking time, 18 to 20 minutes for standard cupcakes or 10 to 12 minutes for minis. Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on the rack completely. Frost and decorate as desired.