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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: desserts


There is no better way to celebrate than with Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. This recipe from Billy's Bakery in NYC is our hands-down favorite.



For the cupcakes:

  • 1 3/4 C cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1" cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 to 8 C confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
  4. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean (17 to 20 minutes).
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve at room temperature.

For the Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups of sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

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