Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes

Classic Easy Frosting
Classic Easy Frosting
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2 Eggs
2 1/2 cups Wheat flour
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
1 cup Water
3 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Salt
For the frosting:
4 cups Powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Butter salted
1/2 cup Shortening
2-3 tbsp Milk or water

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Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes


My easy-peasy Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes recipe will solve all your cupcake woes! I firmly believe in having a go-to basic recipe for all your cake needs – basic fruit loaf, basic vanilla sponge, basic brownie… and so on. Once you have your basic recipe down, you can start getting creative, swapping in ingredients, layering, trying special flavors and all sorts. But start simple! And perfect your basic recipe. This is mine for cupcakes.

A light, soft cake fragrant with vanilla and topped with buttery, fluffy frosting. It’s also a great opportunity to perfect your frosting skills! This recipe makes gorgeous yummy little cupcakes, just right for any occasion, from a birthday party to the next school bake fair.

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So, how to make Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes?

Steps to make Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes


Heat the oven and prepare a cupcake pan


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake cases.


Combine the dry ingredients


In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.


Combine the wet ingredients


In another bowl, combine the oil, milk, eggs and vanilla.


Mix the wet and dry ingredients


Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Use a wooden spoon to beat together until mixed well. Or you can use an electric mixer to combine.


Add the water


Add the water to the batter a little at a time, stirring it in or mixing on a low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and ensure there are no lumps of flour left on the bottom of the bowl. The batter should be very thin.


Bake the cupcakes


Pour the batter into the cupcake cases, filling them halfway. Bake for 15-17 minutes. To test, insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. It should come out with just a few crumbs.


Cool the cupcakes


Take the cupcake pan out of the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes, before transferring the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.


Combine the butter and shortening for the frosting


Add the butter and shortening to a mixer bowl. Mix on a low speed, or beat using a wooden spoon, until the mixture is smooth.


Combine the frosting ingredients


Add half the confectioner’s sugar to the bowl and combine. Then add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk or water, and mix again. Mix in the remaining sugar, followed by the remaining milk or water, and combine until the frosting is smooth.


Pipe the frosting and Serve Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes


Prepare a piping bag and your preferred piping nozzle. Spoon the frosting into the bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.

Try this simple Vanilla-Frosted Cupcakes recipe next time you’re in a baking mood! Once you have a plateful of pretty frosted cupcakes, take a snap and tag #cookmerecipes so I can see how you got on!

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Total Reviews: 21
Mara Platfoot

Nothing too crazy, just the normal cupcake recipe, still tasty though thank you.


Since it's just the basic cupcakes you can get really creative with adding things into it, I put ice cream on top slightly after I took them out of the oven, I don't know why but I really like how the different textures and temperatures tie together.

Jolene Eveleth

These are perfect for parties, next time I have one, this will definitely be on the menu.

Livia Ambrosio

Easy to make, really tasty, relatively fast, a 5 star recipe, you deserve it.

Rayna Shutak

Not exactly what I expected but I made it work though I personally think it taste a bit similar to the easy frittata but..less sweet.

Amani Yono

The title wasn't lying, really simple yet tasty cupcakes!

Janessa Lysher

Adding orange or lime crumbs give them a really nice scent and appearance if you like your desserts to be vibrant like myself :)

Jemma Ringold

My sister and niece are visiting tomorrow so i'm baking these bad boys right now such a badass recipe.

Ariya Sclafani

Really tasty, thank you for uploading these great recipes, I've been cooking stuff from here for a while now and every time I make something it ends up being just the way I want it!

Emmalynn Babiy

I went out to buy forms just to make this, I made 3 different variations, decided to get creative.

Aliana Delhoyo

Well, every time I see a recipe made by Lilly I automatically know that it's gonna be good, and damn right it always is love your work and always waiting on what else you'll come up with.

Wren Soscia

Dropped in some blueberries and strawberries, first time ever making cupcakes and they turned out perfect, thanks a lot <3

Danica Dicicco

I bet these will be perfect with some tea or coffee, I'm excited currently waiting on them to finish in the oven as i type this out the smell is heavenly.

Collins Lekander

Chocolate frosting is just the best for these.

Monroe Pierini

I decorated mine with chocolate chips, perfection itself.

Elisabeth Silkman

My brother was really impressed by these, I'm happy and so is his stomach since he ate half of the batch lmao

Corinne Gess

Adding pretty much anything will make it better, but at least it opens up to all kinds of ideas I guess.

Claudia Truskolaski

I was looking for something simple and sweet to make, this place had my back just like every other time, thanks cookme.

Dorothy Balbach

I don't have a mixer so it was all done by hand, well worth it I am now a body builder and a chef hahaha!!

Malaya Loperena

Oh those look really cute and they are also so fast to make, no wonder people love them going to try them out once i'm home wish me luck!!



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