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Cupcake Recipe,

Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes

by Katherine Walton on May 18, 2022 13 Comments

These Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes are not only rich in Tahitian Vanilla beans flavour, they are moist and stay moist for days. They have a fine delicate crumb and soft fluffy texture. They go perfect with my Smooth Buttercream recipe, or if you are after something less sweet and delicately silky you can pair them with my Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe.


Watch my full Step by Step Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes video tutorial below.


-120 grams salted butter (room temperature)

-220 grams (1 metric cup) of caster sugar

-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-2 eggs lightly whisked (room temperature)

-150 grams (1 metric cup) self-raising flour

-100 grams (3/4 metric cup) cornflour

-175 ml milk (3/4 metric cup) (room temperature)


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius fan forced (300 Fahrenheit; Gas Mark 2). Line cupcake baking tray with cupcake liners. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
  2. Place the butter in the mixing bowl of stand mixer and beat until very pale. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  3. Add caster sugar and continue to mix until very pale and well combined.
  4. Scrape bowl as needed.
  5. Add Vanilla Extract and continue to mix until well combined.
  6. Add the whisked eggs in 2 batches, beating well between each addition.
  7. Combine flours together in a separate bowl ensuring they are well combined then add 1/2 a cup at a time in batches with the milk into the batter and mix lightly on low speed until just combined.
  8. Scrape bowl as needed.
  9. Ensuring you do not over mix. Once the flour disappears in the mixture you can stop the mixer.
  10. Finish mixing the batter by hand with a silicone spatula. Do not over mix.
  11. Fill the cupcake liners with batter in equal measurements. This recipe serves 12 cupcakes with 1/4 cup of batter for each. Otherwise fill 3/4 of the cupcake liner, depending on the size of your cupcake liner.
  12. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. But remember that all ovens vary. Check if cooked by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean it’s ready. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving onto a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.


How are the ingredients measured in this recipe?

In this recipe and in all of my recipes I provide all ingredients in grams and in mL (millilitres) where applicable. I also provide the ingredient quantities in METRIC cup measurements. However, be aware that cup measurements and spoon measurements vary in different countries. Therefore, I highly recommended the use of scales where applicable to measure ingredients to achieve exactly what the recipe intends.

What is caster sugar and can I substitute it in this recipe?

Caster Sugar is also known as super fine granulated sugar. Not to be confused or replaced with icing sugar also known as powdered sugar and confectioners’ sugar. You may replace the caster sugar with standard granulated white sugar in this recipe.

What is self raising flour? Can I substitute it?

Self raising flour is plain flour (all purpose flour) already combined with the precise amount of self raising agents. You may substitute 1 cup of self raising flour by using 1 metric cup (150 grams) of plain flour plus 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

What is cornflour? Can I substitute it?

Cornflour is also known as cornstarch in some countries. In Australia, the cornflour I use is made from 100% pure corn and it is gluten free. I use cornflour to give my cakes and cupcakes alike a soft, fine and light fluffy texture. If you cannot find cornflour or cornstarch you may omit it and replace with self raising flour or plain flour (all purpose flour). Be aware that this will change the texture of the cake and will make the crumbs bigger and heavier.

What does room temperature mean?

In some of my recipes I will indicate if an ingredient needs to be at room temperature. In these instances the ingredients will have come from the fridge to a room temperature of ideally 20 – 22 degrees Celsius (68 – 71.6 Fahrenheit). As a guide leave the ingredients from the fridge out for about an hour before using in them your recipe.


My cupcakes are browning at the top. Why is this happening and how can I prevent it?

A few factors can affect how cupcakes bake in the oven. All ovens vary which means your baked goods will bake differently depending on whether you have a fan forced or conventional oven, electric oven or gas oven. Also where the heating element is located in your oven.

If you find that your cupcakes are burning or browning before they are completely baked, you may need to adjust the temperature of your oven by lowering it by 10-20 degrees Celsius. Keep in mind that if you lower the temperature of the oven, you may need to bake the cupcakes for slightly longer.

If the heating element in your oven is located on the roof of the oven, you may find that cupcakes brown or start to burn at the top after a period of time. You can reduce this by placing the cupcake tray on the bottom shelf of the oven and placing an empty tray on the highest shelf closest to the heating element. The empty tray will help to shield the cupcakes in the bottom tray.


  1. Hi dear!
    I just love your posts… I got to learn so many new things from them… I was just going through your recipe of fluffy vanilla cupcakes and wanted to know the substitute for eggs.

    1. Hi Somya 😊, Thank you for your feedback! You can use apple sauce as a substitute for eggs. Use 1/4 cup of apple sauce to substitute per egg.

        1. I don’t have a recipe at the moment for a homemade apple sauce. However, there are recipes available online. You can also purchase ready to use apple sauce at the grocery store.

    1. Is there a difference between muffin baking tins and cupcake tins? My cupcakes while taste great don’t have the more straight upright look in the baking cases, they have a little ‘sag’.

      1. Hi 😊, the terms are used interchangeably by retailers so no difference in that sense. Muffin/cupcake pans or trays do come in different sizes though. So you may find that some cupcake liners will not fit correctly.

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