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Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sprinkled with white non pareils.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Absolutely perfect vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting are super moist, buttery and melt in your mouth. Topped with silky smooth vanilla buttercream frosting - a classic combination!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 25 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 460 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Cupcakes

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, sour cream, egg and egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.
  3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.
  4. Make the Vanilla Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, mixing until incorporated. Whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Frost cupcakes as desired (cupcakes are pictured with the frosting piped using a Wilton 1M decorating tip). The cupcakes can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

  • You can store the frosting in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days; let it come to room temperature and then give it a quick whip in the mixer before using.

Nutritional values are based on one cup cake

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 830IU17%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.