Almost Cake Mix Vanilla Cupcakes!

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

For pretty pastel coloured cupcakes, add in a few drop of desired food colouring my Kittencal's Bakery Buttercream Frosting/Icing goes wonderful with these cupcakes --- I use 2 cups icing sugar and 1/2 cup white granulated sugar instead of processing the sugar, it works out fine this way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 375 degrees (will reduce oven temperature just before baking cupcakes).
  2. Line 24 muffin pans with paper cupcake liners.
  3. In an electric mixer, cream butter and shortening until fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs(one at a time) and the extracts and beat about 3-4 minutes on high speed (the mixture will seem to be a bit lumpy but will even out when you add in the sugar).
  5. Add in the sugar; beat well (another 3 minutes) until sugar is COMPLETELY combined.
  6. In a bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  7. Blend into the creamed ingredients, along with the warm milk until smooth (about 3 minutes).
  8. Fill the prepared pans about two-thirds full.
  9. IMMEDIATELY, reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  10. Place the cupcakes in oven, and bake for about 20-24 minutes, or until the cupcakes test done.
Most Helpful

This is just a regular cake. Not moist. Not super flavorful. It was dry and a box mix would have tasted much better. I gave it two chances as cupcakes and neither worked for us.

PrincessPage April 26, 2013

I usually don't really care for a lot of cake recipes that I come across but this one is the best one so far. I thought it had a kind of "eggy" taste which is mostly masked when I tried it with frosting. I also might add more vanilla next time. The texture is perfect and moist. I used almond milk just because that's what I had and it still worked great. I also added a little blue food coloring to the mix since I made them for a baby shower (it's a boy) but the batter is so yellow from the eggs that the color ended up being kind of green. Oh well. This recipe is a keeper.

jilliebean116 April 02, 2013

AMAZING! This will be my new go-to vanilla cupcake recipe. The texture was pretty dense but was still really moist and light. Got 28 regular sized cupcakes. Didn't follow directions exactly, i creamed the butter and shortening, then added the sugar before the eggs. Still turned out wonderful! :)

nduj February 14, 2013