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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
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil solid shortening


  • 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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    1. omg, I know, my degree is actually in education and I was so over it after student teaching! I got into banking and loved it.

  2. Personally, though I find a lot of frosting to be pretty…for taste, I like less.
    This pretty picture HAS to be in my next cupcake parade. Hope you don’t mind if I snatch it up. 🙂

    1. Absolutely, please use it. I think of your cupcake parade when I cruising Pinterest now! 🙂 Thanks for visiting and for the party.

  3. Paula,

    This one is for my youngest granddaughter. She only eats vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing. When I ask her if she wants to bake with me, she says, “Banilla?”. Thanks for a good basic recipe.


    1. hahaha, that sounds like my boys with cookies, they only want to make Chocolate Chip and that’s so they can eat the dough!

  4. Sometimes vanilla truly is the best! It’s a classic. I do agree, teachers put their heart and soul into their jobs!

    1. Thanks Tanya, sometimes I don’t want to go help out, then I feel terrible for feeling that way when they deal with so much every day.

    1. haha, I have one son that want just the cake and one that wants just the icing so one works for them! I’m an icing girl! Thanks for visiting!

    1. It won’t be the same as using the flour because bisquick has some fat already mixed in it. I think it would turn out more like a muffin, but I’ve never tried so I’m not exactly sure. I think I’ll try it sometime and see though.

    1. I agree, I don’t think recipes have to have a ton of ingredients to be good. My Great Grandmother used to tell me “Honey, if you just have one great cake recipe, you’ll always have something you can give to friends.” haha, love that!

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