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World's Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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Serves 36 Cupcakes | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe is delicious. It will remind you of a very good cornbread recipe - it's full-flavored and yet not too sweet. We think it's simply the best vanilla cupcake recipe, ever.

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Recipe originally shared by Kimberly Coleman. We created the video.

Ingredients You'll Need

½ lb Butter
2 ½ Cups granulated sugar
5 Eggs
Splash of vanilla extract
12 oz of sour cream
1 Tbs baking powder
1 Pinch of salt
3 Cups of cake flour

--- With these you will only need to eat one to be satisfied so don't be worried by the butter and sugar. They also taste amazing after you freeze them. So make them and freeze for a great snack for weeks.


Combine butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix until the sugar and butter forms a cream. If using a stand mixer - start off on setting “2” and then turned it up to “4”. It is important to thoroughly scrape the sides and bottoms of the mixing bowl with a spatula add the end of each step.

Crack eggs into a separate bowl, add a splash of vanilla extract (around a tablespoon) to the eggs and then add the eggs to the mixing bowl.

Add the eggs one at a time with the mixer on setting “2” mix for about 20 seconds. Pause 15 seconds between adding each new egg. After all of the eggs have been added, quickly stir off the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to “4” and mix for 30 more seconds before scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.

Combine baking powder and salt with flour. Add half of the flour mixture, followed by sour cream, and then add the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until combined, but be careful not to over-mix. You want to be careful not to over-mix so that the batter doesn’t turn into dough. To prevent that, don’t turn the mixer setting past “stir” when using a hand mixer. Also, don’t take more than 2 minutes – 1 ½ minutes is usually fine – to complete this entire portion of the recipe. (In order to help with timeliness, pre-measure your ingredients.) Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl once everything is combined. Then blend everything for 10 more seconds.

Scoop the cupcake batter into the tins and bake for 23 minutes at 300 degrees in a convection oven or for 30 minutes at 300 degrees in a non-convection oven. You can use muffin tins with cupcake liners - they will be wider and shallower. I use an ice cream scooper to scoop batter. Fold the batter after scooping every 5 to 6 cupcakes.

Frost with your favorite frosting / icing.

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Cake Only: 168 calories per cupcake (8 cal protein, 92 calories carbs 62 calories from fat)

Pairs Well With

Buttercream frosting, milk, almond milk.

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