Basic Vanilla Cupcake

Starting with the basics

Before you can head off and create the culinary creations of your dreams you will need to master the basics of a plain cupcake. You can flavour a cupcake with a variety of different taste sensations but the recipe for the standard cupcake base tend to be very similar. Basic cupcakes tend to come in either vanilla or chocolate.

Straightforward and easy to make this recipe will give you 12 delicious vanilla cupcakes to enjoy either plain, with buttercream icing or drizzled with sugar icing.  Once you have mastered the base have a look in our inspiration gallery for some new ideas for decorating your cupcakes.

[mks_progressbar name=”So Easy” level=”Top Chef” value=”20″ height=”20″ color=”#333333″ style=”squared”]


  • 110g butter (softened)
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons milk


Difficulty: Easy
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Serves/makes: 12


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole tin with paper cases.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Then, beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.

3. Fold in the flour using a large spoon, preferably metal. Add a little milk until the mixture drops easily from the spoon.

4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Fill until they are half full. Be sure not to overfill the cases.

5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top. If you insert a skewer into one of the cakes it should come out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Recipe credit:



  1. Asel

    can we use normal sugar not caster

    • Tasty Cupcake Recipes

      Caster sugar is finer than granulated ‘normal’ sugar and will dissolve better when baking. But both are fine for the recipe.

  2. tina

    I f you take regular sugar put a little bit in a coffee grinder grind it up but not to much cause it will make powder sugar. that is how castor sugar is made much cheaper then going and buying, this is what they taught me to do in my pastry class.

Leave a Comment