Vanilla Cupcakes

by Merissa on April 23, 2012

in Recipes

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Sometimes the plain and simple things are best. These Vanilla Cupcakes might not look as fancy as something clobbered in chocolate and caramel but they sure are good. Plus the bonus about such a nice simple recipe you can add things to it as needed. Maybe a flavored frosting, chocolate chips, or anything your heart wishes. Mix up just the dry ingredients of this recipe and store in a mason jar in the pantry for a quick cupcake mix!

Vanilla Cupcakes

What you need:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 3/4 c. turbinado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 t vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. I found that if I ground the turbinado sugar first the cupcakes came out a little denser which was super yummy. After all the ingredients are mixed, give them an extra whipping with a hand mixer. If you don't have one don't worry, they will still come out fine. Drop into a cupcake pan and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. This recipe makes about 15 cupcakes.

I've also discovered this recipe freezes great! Just put in a freezer bag after the cupcakes are baked and store until you need them.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jo April 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Looks great! What’s your frosting?


2 Merissa April 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I had leftover regular cream cheese/powdered sugar frosting from a party I threw so we used that. I’m working on a new frosting recipe though!


3 Jane April 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I just whipped these up and lightly topped them with chocolate frosting. Yum-O!!! The kids devoured them! Thanks for the recipe…it’s a keeper!


4 Teresa C. April 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

They look delicious. Could I use regular white granulated sugar in place of turbinado? Would I use the same amount? Thanks.


5 Merissa April 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Yes you could.


6 Justa April 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

A classic example of why sometimes “less is more”. They’re gorgeous.


7 Tara April 26, 2012 at 7:19 am

Those look so pretty! My cupcakes never look that nice! lol Thanks for linking up at Whip It Up Wednesday. :)


8 Tracey Preston October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

look yummy :)


9 Lauren Frank November 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm



10 Lisa January 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

What is turbinado sugar? And where do you buy it. I have never heard of it.


11 Merissa January 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

It’s raw sugar and we use it because we don’t use processed foods. But you can use regular white sugar instead. ;)


12 Janelle July 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

Freshly baked and very yummy! Thanks very much as I was looking for a quick cupcake recipe earlier :)


13 Janelle July 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

Oh btw, I didn’t know what Turbinado sugar was either, but googled it and it looks close to our brown sugar which I used and worked really well.


14 amber December 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

You used Brown sugar to make these? If yes how was the outcome?


15 Linda Steiger February 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

Am going to try these today – they look yummy and I love vanilla cake/cupcakes. Your frosting looks really creamy – can you share that with us???? Thank you


16 Merissa February 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This is a simple Buttercream Frosting. It’s the recipes I just linked but minus the strawberry sauce.


17 Kristy Miller February 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I was looking for a simple cupcake recipe for my sons birthday in a couple weeks and this looks perfect! Thanks!


18 Merissa February 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I hope he enjoys it Kristy!


19 Ryann February 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Always looking for easy simple recipes like this; I prefer these to the fancy dolled up cupcakes and cakes; thanks!


20 sandy February 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

your buttercream frosting recipe calls for shortening. are you speaking of Crisco shortening?-


21 Merissa February 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I generally use palm shortening if I have to but any kind works, butter can be a substitute though.


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