Vanilla Cupcakes (Patty Cakes)

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cupcake with white buttercream on blue polka dot cloth with cupcakes in the background with silver balls scattered around

These simple Vanilla Cupcakes are made from scratch with basic pantry essentials.

This cupcake recipe will turn out perfectly each and every time you make it.

Cupcake with white buttercream on small white cake stand on blue polka dot cloth and cupcakes in the background

About these Vanilla Cupcakes.

These Vanilla Cupcakes are very basic and a favourite of mine. The original recipe is from my high school, home economics cookbook and it has never failed me. This recipe has been used many times throughout my baking life. Because the recipe needs no special ingredients, it is easy to make a batch if you know you have visitors coming. In fact, these cupcakes are best very fresh.

Cupcake or Patty Cake?

If you are Australian, you will remember patty cakes and you may wonder why we now refer to these are cupcakes. From my limited research and understanding is that there really isnt much difference. A patty cake is simply a miniature version of a cupcake and can sometimes be baked in round-bottomed patty pans. The term cupcake is thought to be a reference to the recipe a cup of butter, a cup of sugar, two cups of flour

The ingredients for these Vanilla Cupcakes are all pantry basics.

There is no need to head out to the shops for a special ingredient here this recipe contains very basic ingredients. The fanciest ingredient may be good vanilla extract if you dont usually keep it. In any case, you could substitute vanilla essence though the flavour wont be as pronounced.

Check the pantry because this is all you need:-

  • butter (preferably unsalted but if you only have salted, leave out the salt in the recipe)
  • castor (superfine) sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • milk

cupcake with white buttercream on blue polka dot cloth with cupcakes in the background with silver balls scattered around

How to make Vanilla Cupcakes.

Making this simple cupcake recipe is just that really simple but it is good to have a stand mixer or at least an electric handheld mixer. When I made this recipe in my home economics class, we had to beat everything with just a bowl and a wooden spoon. I think they were teaching us to appreciate the electric mixer and I sure do! So, if you really had to you could use just a bowl and a wooden spoon it will take a long time of beating though. Lets make it with an electric mixer:-

  1. Firstly beat the butter and sugar until light in colour and creamy.
  2. Beat in vanilla. Then add the eggs one at a time (photo 1), beating well after each addition. (photo 2)
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  4. Lastly, add the flour and milk alternately and mix in. (photo 3)
  5. Beat at medium to high speed for 30 seconds to completely combine.
  6. Divide evenly into a 12 hole cupcake pan. (photo 4)

Dont forget to scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl to ensure the mixture is well combined.

four images of cake making. Image 1 beaten mixture and one egg, image 2 beaten mixture, image 3 beaten mixture in a stainless steel bowl with bowls of flour, milk and baking powder around the bowl, image 4 cake batter in cupcake moulds

Tips on baking these cupcakes.

The pan used in this cupcake recipe is a 12 hole muffin/cupcake pan which holds 1/3 cup. For easy cleaning and serving, line the pan with cupcake liners to fit. Divide the batter evenly using a small spoon. The cakes will be ready when they have risen and spring back when pressed with your finger. Dont overcook or they will be dry. Cool for 5 minutes before removing otherwise you might find the tender cakes will fall apart.

undecorated cupcakes on black wire cooling rack

What variations are there for this recipe?

The variations to this recipe are really limited only by your imagination. Here are a few to try. Simply stir additions in at the end of step 8 in the recipe.

  • Lemon Blueberry 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon rind and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.
  • Choc Orange 1 teaspoon of finely grated orange rind and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • Mocha mix 1 tablespoon of sifted cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of strong black coffee

Toppings for these basic cupcakes.

Being so simple and delicious, these cupcakes are perfect with just a dusting of icing (powdered) sugar. Cupcakes or patty cakes are often decorated with an easy icing made from icing (powdered) sugar mixed with a little milk or water and some flavouring like vanilla or lemon juice. When my children were small, I usually coloured the icing in bright blue, pink and yellow. But you can use any buttercream you like. My favourite is this Italian Meringue buttercream.

How long will these Vanilla Cupcakes keep fresh?

These Vanilla Cupcakes are best eaten fresh. To store overnight, place into a sealed container in the refrigerator. Bring the cupcakes back to room temperature before serving.

Half a cupcake with white buttercream on a white plate with silver cake fork.

These Vanilla Cupcakes are such fun to make with children. This recipe is so simple and uncomplicated that it could be called a no-fail cupcake recipe. Whether you simply dust with icing (powdered) sugar or get creative and show off your decorating skills, these Vanilla Cupcakes are sure to be a hit.

Baci,

Marcellina

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Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners.

  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light in colour and creamy.
  3. Beat in vanilla. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into bowl.
  5. With the mixer on low speed add of the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  6. Then add the milk and beat until just combined.
  7. Add the remaining flour and beat until just starting to combine. Then scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  8. Beat at medium to high speed for 30 seconds to completely combine.
  9. Evenly distribute the batter amongst the 12 cupcake liners.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Check by inserting a skewer or toothpick. If cooked, no batter will cling to the skewer or toothpick.

  11. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before removing from cupcake pan to cool on a wire rack.
  12. Decorate as you wish.

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