Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting

Sometimes the simplicity and elegance of a Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting is needed. Pure goodness in every ‘back to basics’ bite.

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting

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Vanilla has always been one of my favourite scents and tastes, ever. I could seriously vanilla all the things. Which is why I adore this Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting.

classic vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting

While there are so many fantastic cupcake flavours out there, this takes it back to the roots of why I love this dessert – it’s classic.

classic vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting recipe

This cupcake has no frills, no fanciness – simply a taste that cannot be beat. Sure, sometimes I opt for frosting that is a different flavour than the cake, yet sometimes you just crave simplicity. Pure goodness.

This recipe calls for vanilla bean, and it does taste remarkably well with the real deal. Yet, if you don’t have any on hand, it’s not a recipe breaker. Sometimes, out of pure laziness, I stick with just the extract, though mine is Mexican vanilla.

I purchased some on a trip about 10 years ago and I haven’t went back, each time we visit, I bring back enough to fill my stock until the next time.

vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting

This Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting recipe has an icing that is simple as well, and easy to make. More often than not I make Dream Whip Icing {not too sweet}, yet this frosting forms so well, it just makes such a pretty cupcake.

classic vanilla cupcake vanilla frosting recipe
classic vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting

Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Sometimes the simplicity and elegance of a Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting is needed. Pure goodness in every 'back to basics' bite.



  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg white, room temp
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 3/4 cup half and half cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • seeds from a ½ vanilla bean, scraped


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 4-5 cups powder sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  3. Using a medium bowl - mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  4. Using a whisk, mix together butter and sugar - mixture will be grainy.
  5. Add the egg, egg whites, sour cream, half and half, and the vanilla extract until well combined {into the butter and sugar mixture}
  6. Using 1 vanilla bean split it down the middle lengthwise, scraping the seeds from half of the vanilla bean into batter.
  7. Mix the the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Make sure it is well mixed there should not be any lumps.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean.
  9. Let cupcakes cool for 20 minutes before frosting


  1. Mix the softened butter with a mixer or medium sized bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed.
  2. Beat for about 3 minutes it will become creamy and will begin form peaks.
  3. Add a little at a time: powder sugar, whipping cream, vanilla extract.
  4. Continue to mix for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 34gSugar: 28gProtein: 1g

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  1. I do adore the amazingly clean flavor of a good vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. Your cupcakes look so yummy! Of course sprinkles are a must!

  2. I’m an icing kind of girl so I would probably devour this! Perfect for a family get together!

  3. Those cupcakes sound amazing! I could never ice up a cupcake like that. (Mine looks sloppy!)

  4. Your cupcakes look delicious. I had never thought of using sour cream in a cupcake recipe before.

  5. These look so good,wish I could reach in there and get a taste of that creamy frosting

  6. Vanilla has always been my favorite cake and frosting. I have not made any hand made in awhile though so I am going to give your recipe a try! The whipped cream frosting sounds divine!

  7. My grandson loves vanilla cupcakes and this recipe sounds delicious – thank you!

  8. These are the prettiest cupcakes I have seen all week! Something as cute as these would be hard to bite into!

  9. I’m normally a box mix cake maker but this recipe looks so good and my daughter wants cupcakes for her birthday party in a few weeks. Maybe I’ll make a practice batch this week and see if I can handle making enough for her party!

  10. Dream Whip makes the best icing for the summer. I love how light and fluffy it is. Like you, I use Mexican vanilla. It has such a rich flavor.

  11. I’ve got a chocolate lover and a vanilla lover. Since my vanilla lover has a birthday coming up, I’m loving this recipe.

  12. These sound delicious. I may have to make some for my grandson’s birthday later this month.

  13. These look and sound so yummy, just right for my tummy 😉 I’ve never thought to add real cream to my butter icing, I’ll have to try that next time. 🙂

  14. beautiful and yummy looking cupcakes!! great icing job on them. i think i need a bit more practice lol.

  15. This looks amazing!! I think I have to make some of these for our 4th of July party and add red, white and blue sprinkles!

  16. Vanilla is the one flavour everyone in my family loves at anytime- more so than chocolate! I wouldn’t have thought of using sour cream-awesome! These look and sound so good! Thank you!

  17. I love how simple these are, I love a good vanilla cupcake, and wished I had one now!!

  18. Vanilla is one of my favourite flavours so I will definitely have to make these at some point! They look so yummy!

  19. Perfect! This is how I like my cupcakes, exactly! Your frosting recipe is perfect too 🙂

  20. These are lovely. I have to make a cake next weekend so this will be on my consideration list.

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