Easy-Peasy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

A simple vanilla cupcake recipe to make when you are finished staring at all these delicious cupcake spreads. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 Cupcakes


  • 150 g Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 2 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk I sometimes swap this out for almond milk

Butter Cream Icing

  • 100 g Butter Softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar Use flavored icing sugar if you can find it!
  • 1-2 tsp milk
  • Sprinkles to decorate



  1. Preheat oven to 190°C conventional or 170°C fan-forced

  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth, add Sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well.

  3. Add the sifted flour, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth. Place paper baking cases in a cupcake tin, spoon in mixture until they are about 2/3 full (don't overfill or they will form peaks). 

  4. Bake for 20 minutes until golden or until they spring back when lightly pressed.

  5. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool while you prepare the icing.

Butter Cream Icing

  1. Beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

  2. Sift in the  Icing Sugar and mix, adding milk until you have a light, fluffy mixture.

  3. Add extra milk if you need a softer consistency. Spread or pipe icing over cupcakes and top with decorations as desired.