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Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

This classic vanilla cupcake is a staple in my cupcake repertoire. Feel free to tint the icing different colours to suit the client (or your mood!)

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Swah



  • 230 g butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups self-raising flour
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Buttercream Icing

  • 230 g butter softened
  • 6-8 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup milk room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth in a large bowl.
  • Gradually add the sugar and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift the 2 flours and salt into a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Do not overmix!
  • Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full with mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Buttercream Icing

  • Place the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Gradually add in 4 cups of sugar, then the milk and vanilla (adding gradually prevents the icing from going grainy).
  • Beat for around 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Gradually add the remaining sugar until it is thick enough to ice the cupcakes (you may not need all the sugar).
  • Add a few drops of food colouring or divide the mixture into a few bowls and colour each one differently.
  • Spoon the mixture into an icing bag with a nozzle attached and ice the cupcakes.

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  • Reply casey March 1, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Hi Swah, i cant wait to try and make these! Where did you get the filigree wrappers from?

  • Reply Sham July 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi. The recipe ingredients don’t call for salt, but the instructions do. How much?

    • Reply Swah July 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you for pointing that out! I have amended the recipe to include 1/2 teaspoon salt :)

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  • Reply Charles January 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I love these cute cupcakes very much. I especially like the vanilla vanilla. I will make this cupcake for my kids and they will love it.

    • Reply Swah January 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Charles, I hope you and kids love them!

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