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A classic yellow cake recipe is made into cupcakes in this favorite cupcake recipe. This yellow cake is tender, moist, and flavorful. It is perfect for cupcakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, and stacking!

Baking a classic vanilla cupcake with fluffy buttercream frosting is a tantalizing delight – and thanks to the right ingredients and a few easy steps, it’s easier than you’d think! In this article, you’ll learn how to make a deliciously moist vanilla cupcake from scratch, topped with sweet and creamy buttercream frosting. You’ll be whipping up delicious classic vanilla cupcakes in no time!

Grab your baking supplies and let’s get baking!

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes recipe - every time I take these somewhere, I'm asked for the recipe!

Recently I was asked to make cupcakes for the last day of a Summer camp. I’m honored when I can contribute, even in a small way to things like this. After all, making cupcakes was nothing compared to the teachers that give up a month (!) of their Summer mornings to teach kids and get these children up where they need to be for the next school year. Giving up a month is giving up half of their Summer vacation, we start school the first week of August.

I have the utmost respect for teachers, oftentimes they don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve! I know this first hand, my mother taught school for 29 years. Many, many nights she graded papers and did lesson plans at home (after she cooked dinner, helped me with homework, washed clothes and cleaned the house!) They have to take continuing education on their ‘vacations’, not to mention everything they do IN the classroom. So, if you’re able to read this, thank a teacher!!

Your Favorite Classic Vanilla Cupcake

So, I was asked to make a Classic Vanilla Cupcake, ‘white’ cupcake with ‘birthday cake’ icing, and ‘not a lot of icing’! Geez, I prefer A LOT of rich, creamy icing and VERY LITTLE cake!! But, I did what they wanted, and below you’ll see what I made. I did juice them up a little with some sprinkles!

You may also want to try my Easter Sand Art Brownies, Margarita Cupcakes, and Lemon Cupcake with Raspberry Frosting.

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Your Favorite Classic Vanilla Cupcake

This classic vanilla cupcake recipe has stood the test of time. A yellow cake recipe is a base for the cupcakes.
Author: Paula
5 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 20 servings



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, cream sugar, and coconut oil. Add eggs and mix until creamy. Add flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla.
  • Fill cupcakes 2/3 full with batter and bake 20 to 22 minutes until center is set. Cool in pan 2 minutes before removing.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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