Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes: Baking Memories

When it comes to my favourite baking recipes, there’s really nothing like Classic Vanilla Cupcakes! Light, moist and delicious cupcakes, topped with luscious, buttercream frosting are just a favourite with everyone.

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When I think about baking memories, my mind immediately goes to cupcakes. Whether it was making them for my kid’s birthdays, for a bake sale or a school event, or baking and decorating them up in fun ways for holidays or special family occasions, some of my fondest baking memories involve cupcakes :)

This past weekend, my daughter and I got together to bake up some classic vanilla cupcakes and had great fun decorating them up. I must say, her piping skills have improved considerably since our first cupcake decorating days many years ago! It also reminded us both that even when kids grow up and leave home, we can still get together and bake up some new memories :)

Baking Memories: Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Of course, no cupcake baking and decorating session would be complete without enjoying the fruits of your labour!

Baking Memories: Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Inspired by the nostalgia of baking with Mom, I’ve teamed up with Cuisinart Canada for their #BakeNewMemories contest. Each week, Cuisinart will be giving away a $500 Cuisinart stand mixer and on May 14, Mother’s Day, a Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $2,000 Cuisinart kitchen!

How to Enter

First, head over to “like” @cuisinartcanada on Facebook.

Then, either submit a short story to Cuisinart Canada’s Facebook page about your favourite baking memory, whether baking with your mom, grandmother or with your own kids! Be sure to use the hashtag #BakeNewMemories.


Snap a picture of your favourite baked recipe (cookies, pie, cake, anything you’d like!) and share it on Twitter or Instagram, tagging Cuisinart Canada at Cuisinart Canada Twitter or Cuisinart Canada Instagram and including the hashtag #BakeNewMemories.

Winners will be announced weekly on Cuisinart’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). If you’re the winner, you’ll also be contacted via a direct message. Winners must also take a picture with their new mixer. They can either take a picture with them using the mixer or just the mixer in action!

For more details, visit the Cuisinart Contest page. Here’s to baking new memories!

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Cook’s Notes for Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Note that this recipe calls for cake flour. This is not self-rising flour. It’s is a soft flour, easily available in any baking aisle with the other flours. It is sometimes called “Cake and Pastry” flour.

When it comes to successful baking of cupcakes, always start with room temperature butter and eggs. Simply take them out of the fridge about 45 minutes before you want to bake (depending on your kitchen temperature).

If you want the most delicious and fabulous cupcakes, this is not the time to use low-fat products. As indicated in the recipe full fat sour cream and milk will produce the best results.

Depending on my desired frosting colour, I sometimes omit the vanilla, as I find the dark colour muddies the colour somewhat. If you have clear vanilla or don’t mind the small colour shift, go ahead and add a teaspoon for extra flavour.

For my cupcakes, I used a Wilton 2D tip to make the flower cupcakes. I put a thin line of darker food colouring in 3 places on the inside of the piping bag before adding the icing, to get the variegated effect. For the others, I used an Ateco 855 large star tip.

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: classic white cupcakes recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Energy: 400 kcal
Author: Jennifer

Classic vanilla cupcakes, topped with a lovely buttercream frosting.



Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt a bit less if using salted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable or other neutral tasting cooking oil vegetable or other neutral tasting cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2/3 cup whole milk 3%


  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups icing/confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk
  • Food colouring for colouring frosting, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. with rack in centre of oven. Prepare 16 muffin cups with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a beating blade, mix together the sugar, flour baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and mix on medium-low speed for 3 minutes. Mixture will be fine crumbs at that point.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Slowly add the milk and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Batter will be quite liquid.
  4. Fill muffin liners with batter about 1/2 to no more than 2/3 full. You should get 16 cupcakes.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 14-16 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Immediately remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.
  7. For frosting: Beat room temperature butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer with a beater blade for 2-3 minutes. Turn mixer off. Add icing sugar, vanilla (if using) and 3 Tbsp of milk. Turn mixer on low and mix until sugar is incorporated. Increase mixer speed to medium to thoroughly combine and judge consistency. If necessary, add more milk in very (very!) small increments and continue mixing on medium until frosting looks smooth and creamy. Add food colouring, if desired. Beat frosting for and addition 2 minutes on high speed until fluffy.


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    • Hi Mary, I haven’t, but as far as the recipe goes, it would work just fine. You’d have to use your best judgement re pan size and baking time though, as it would obviously differ.

  • I love how baking creates memories with your kids. I’m currently in that stage with my boys and hope they remember all the fun times we had decorating various sweets in the kitchen. I love how you’re able to share this moment with your daughter and these cupcakes are gorgeous.

  • I have such wonderful memories of making cupcakes with my girls ~ in fact I was quite the ‘cupcake’ mom when they were growing up ~ everything was an excuse to bake up a batch. Yours are gorgeous and perfect for Easter and Mother’s Day!

  • Sounds like you and your daughter had such fun making cupcakes together over the years Jennifer! And these are just gorgeous! I think my favorite ones going back on your blog are your hydrangea cupcakes.Wish I had half your talent in the cupcake decorating department!

  • Oh yes, cooking and baking memories are the best! My daughter, Chelsea, and I would bake together quite a bit – she’s actually the baker of the family; and my other two know the deal where savory is concerned… With everyone doing their thing, it’s hard to gather the troops and cook – but when we can, it’s magic! I love these shots with your daughter! That had to have been a very special day! And as always, your cupcakes are beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Annie :) I love company in the kitchen and it’s always great to gather around food, making it or eating it!

  • I just love food and baking memories! Thanks for this great opportunity to reminisce, enter a great contest and drool over your gorgeous cupcakes. What a special time with your daughter – love the idea of making new memories. Sharing and pinning and entering for sure!

I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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