Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
These vanilla cupcakes with whipped vanilla bean frosting are soft, moist and the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe you need for any occasion.
Happy St Patrick’s Day! I hope you had a great weekend celebrating. I don’t have an Irish treat for you today but if you are looking for some ideas to make for your family and friends today, check out last week’s Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel Filling and Baileys Frosting, or these Guinness Pistachio Sweet Rolls or this Baileys Mint Oreo Ice Cream.
Today, I am sharing my favorite vanilla cupcakes with whipped vanilla bean frosting. A few weeks ago, a girlfriend texted me asking for a solid vanilla cupcake recipe to bring to her in-laws and I told her to check the blog, I have a few there. But she told me she did already and I only have one. ONE. 141 posts and just one vanilla cupcake recipe. And that was way way back when I was learning how to bake anything (so don’t judge if you click there). Insane considering I’m a vanilla girl and will take a vanilla cake over chocolate any day without a blink!!
So here I am today, fixing that problem! And to apologize for this oversight, I am giving away a dozen of these bright, fun and easy-to-use silicone baking cups but more on that at the end. First the cupcakes. These vanilla cupcakes with whipped vanilla bean frosting are really my go-to for a quick treat! I make them all the time to bring to birthday parties but often on a whim to test a new idea or if I am in the mood to bake. The cupcakes are simply moist, fluffy, airy and so so soft. The key is to cream the butter and sugar sufficiently in the first step and not over-mix the batter once you add the dry ingredients. This will give you a very light and moist cupcake.
I always top these cupcakes with whipped vanilla bean frosting. Despite being a lover of Swiss meringue buttercream, I must say this is my go-to frosting whenever I am in a pinch. It tastes just like the frosting you get at a bakery…at least that’s what everyone who tries it says. To me, it’s creamy, sweet and perfectly fluffy to pipe (always my priority!). I love using vanilla bean in the frosting because you get a richer, bolder vanilla flavor that complements the sweet cupcakes. These cupcakes are truly a delicious classic and I hope you will try them the next time you are in dire need of a solid no-fail vanilla cupcake recipe to impress.
OK enough talk about cupcakes, let’s talk about their outfits which in this case, are these colorful silicone baking cups from OvenArt Bakeware. I’ve been meaning to get some silicone cupcake baking cups for a while now and I even asked Santa a few months ago but he failed to deliver. They are very versatile and can be used for things beyond cupcakes (think snack cups, Quiche etc). I used them in muffin tins for easy handling but you can just set them on a baking sheet. They are also so vibrant and add instant glam to your cupcakes. I love them. The only problem is remembering to tell people not to throw them out after enjoying their cupcakes.
Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
My favorite vanilla cupcake is this moist, light and airy vanilla cake with fluffy whipped vanilla bean frosting.
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
For Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting:
- 1 3/4 cup (3 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 5-6 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or use 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
- Pinch of salt
For the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners or silicone baking cups.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about a third of the flour mixture. Add half of the milk, another third of the flour and the rest of the milk and ending with the rest of the flour. Beat until just combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed.
- Pour batter into prepared pans. Fill liners about 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes until lightly golden or a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean, about 12-14 minutes.
- Cool in pan 1-2 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting:
- Whip butter for 8 minutes on medium speed using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer. The butter will become pale and creamy
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Then increase speed to medium and mix for 6 minutes until the frosting is very light, creamy and fluffy. Use immediately or store refrigerated until ready.
- Frost cooled cupcakes.
Cupcake recipe adapted from Sweetapolita
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Hi Zainab! I am also a vanilla girl – these cupcakes look perfect! I haven’t tried the silicone baking cups yet but would love to try them and would bake myself some strawberry shortcake cupcakes for my birthday on Easter! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Oh, pinning and sharing!
Vanilla is great! Sometimes when Ihave overdone the chocolate – vanilla is exactly the perfect flavour. x
I love chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting, so I’d probably make those!
I would make my hubby’s favorite Banana Cream Cupcakes!
Love vanilla cuppies! The best part is that they’re so versatile for any frosting. These are beautiful, Zainab! Would love LOVE to win these silicone cups. I’d bake mini cheesecakes in them first…or would those stick? Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!
I would make vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting (my hubby’s favorite!). Thanks for the chance to win.
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Hey Zainab!! The first thing I would make with these cute little silicone cups are a batch of Chocolate Cupcakes…And your vanilla cupcakes are calling my name as well! So pretty!!
Hey Zainab, Hope you are doing fine this St. Paddys day. We are getting some sunshine here in NJ ad temp is up a bit. The first thing I would make is some S’mores cupcakes that my daughter have been asking me to make. Although the last 3 batches of cupcakes that I have made for church and her school is vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting…go figure 🙂
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These are gorgeous! I love that the sprinkles are matching the baking cups! If I won these, I would most certainly make these cupcakes first!
Those look so delish and so fun! I love a good ole fashioned vanilla cupcake!
I would bake a chocolate cupcake with PB frosting because that is my favorite combo! Although these vanilla cupcakes would be a close second – they look delicious! These silicone baking cups are awesome!
Zainab, these look stunning! You really cannot beat a good vanilla cupcake and the buttercream looks amazingly light and fluffy! Vanilla wins hands down every time with me! 🙂
Can I just say that frosting looks amazing girl! I need to know what tip you use to pipe. Also first thing I would make is well….cupcakes!! Thanks!
I only have 1 cupcake recipe. ONE. Yeah. I need to remedy that. WITH THESE LINERS!!
These cupcakes look soooo yummy-that frosting is so creamy and luscious, and I love a classic vanilla cupcake 😀
i would make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins 🙂 – i love baking with silicone liners/mats/dishes…so easy!
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I will make snickerdoodle cupcakes first!
I would be making some kind of chocolate goodness cupcake. Frosting included of course.
I just got real vanilla beans so have been trying to get time to make some homemade vanilla ones, your recipe has given me the inspiration!!
I will be making red velvet with cream cheese icing FIRST!
I would first be making frosted banana chocolate chip cupcakes.
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Zainab your cupcakes are beautiful! I have been wanting to try silicon baking cups for a while now, I love a good spice cake, and would totally whip up carrot cupcakes in these!
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I’m almost at 1000 posts and I’m not sure I have any vanilla cupcake recipes. I have vanilla cupcakes stuffed with various things but none plain. For shame!!
I will bake your strawberry lemonade cupcakes in the silicone wrappers first !!!
I will bake your Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes in the silicone baking cups first.
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I am a vanilla girl too and vanilla cupcakes are my favorite 🙂 These look amazing Zainab and so pretty with the sprinkles! Love the whipped vanilla bean frosting, it sounds incredible with these cupcakes – pinned 🙂
Classic, simple, but I am sure very delicious 🙂 our cupcakes look very cute!
Perfection, I’m going to make them this week 🙂
My brother refuses to eat any flavored cupcake but vanilla, so I need to try these out on him!! They look pretty perfect. Hmmm if i got these, I would probably bake a carrot cake cupcake in them for Easter!
The first thing I would bake in these silicone baking cups are carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for Easter!
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These look delicious, Z! Like you, I will ALWAYS take vanilla over chocolate…yet another reason I’ve decided we should be neighbors.
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How is it that I, who doesn’t even like cupcakes, think this is the most perfect recipe I have seen all week? It must be your photos, because goodness, these are STUNNING. And I think it is the baker as well 🙂 I cannot help but share these, the world needs to hear about these!
Gorgeous cupcakes, Zainab! I have never actually baked in those silicone cups but they are so pretty. I need to get my hands on a few and bake some of these delicious vanilla cupcakes.
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these cupcakes look gorgeous! I need to make cupcakes more often for sure
That was your ‘learning to bake phase’?!?!???!!! O.O …haha that’s like professional to me! ..Sheesh what phase am I in?? I’m all thumbs when it comes to food art…I have never been good with swirling and decorating with frosting. I think that cupcake was beautiful! ^_^
Ahhh but these cupcakes look just as tempting. That frosting is calling me…so rich and thick and creamy! :,D …Zainab, any chance you make these for my birthday party??? ;D hehe.
Well now, if I had a set of silicone baking cups…I would probably make strawberry shortcake cupcakes because strawberry shortcake is my absolute favorite.
Your photos continue to blow me away… So bright and cheerful! I am predicting this will be one popular post on your blog, lady. Everyone loves a good basic vanilla cupcake recipe, and this one looks fantastic! I’ve been wanting a set of those silicone baking cups for ages! I know I’d be making lots of cuppy-cakes in them, but I think they’d make their way into my kids bento lunches too 😉
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As I already told you… you’re speaking right to my heart 🙂 I am a vanilla girl 100% so these look DIVINE! I really need to whip my butt into shape and get a cupcake recipe on the blog! Love love love these!
These cupcakes are adorable, Zainab! I love how bright those silicone liners are. They go perfectly with all the sprinkles! I don’t think I have a go to vanilla cupcake recipe, so I’ll have to try this one out! 🙂
What a fun giveaway Zainab! I would bake some chocolate cupcakes.
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Oh heavenly cupcakes!! Vanilla has and always will be my favorite…such a classic! I would probably make your cupcakes with my new silicon molds 🙂
These cupcakes look perfect Zainab and that frosting…just hand me a spoon! Pinned!
These cupcakes look PERFECT, Zainab!
I’d make cupcakes, of course!
Well you are ahead of me! I have NO vanilla cupcake recipes on my blog 🙂 These look amazing!!
I want to eat those cupcakes right off the screen Zainab, they look so delicious!! I haven’t made vanilla cupcakes in years, I guess I should give them another try. 🙂
Zainab, you’re killing me with your gorgeous amazing sweets!! These cupcakes…ugh, they are beautiful and I want a big ol’ bite right now. 🙂
Beautiful cupcakes. They are picture perfect and delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo
we are on the same wavelength! I was craving a cupcake today! and just like you, I love vanilla! I made a recipe from Crazy for Crust. You should definitely try it! I usually make the vanilla cupcake recipe from Billy’s Bakery, it is my go-to. However, I’m loving the one I tried today and now I need to try yours! I made my cakes mini….so I can eat more!
hi, i am new to your site. i am a huge vanilla girl & when i saw your cupcakes i was drawn in, thanks
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i know without a doubt i would make these vanilla cupcakes in the cups, thanks for the chance to win
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I would maye your Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting recipe! I will be thinking of them all day!
Girl, these look DIVINE! I feel like there is nothing so perfect in the world as a fluffy vanilla cupcake. PS: I just got my first set of baking cups like these–I’m excited to use them!
Such a classic recipe that everyone should have in their back pocket! Love your photography skills! Awesome job. Pinning this for the next time I make a vanilla cupcake. Happy Wednesday!
I need to make some gluten free cupcakes!
These are beautiful, Zainab! I can’t resist those beautiful little specks of vanilla bean and those gorgeous frosting swirls!
If I win there silicone liners, I am baking a dark chocolate cupcake with a salty caramel whipped buttercream!
I would bake a second batch of these vanilla cupcakes – my kids loved having them in their Lunch this week!
I will bake my middle child’s birthday cupcakes in these… SHE turns 14 on the 24!!! :9 And these vanilla cupcakes look the BOMB so i will definitely have to try these.
These are the most gorgeous cupcakes! Simple but scrumptious – vanilla is my absolute favorite. Love your photos, too!
Your recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes w/ whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting is the first thing I would bake!
These are unbelievably pretty, Zainab … they shout ‘Easter’ at me, actually! I’ve only just started to learn a little more about baking so haven’t got onto trying cupcakes yet. I can’t wait to get one of those pipey things and make the frosting so neat and professional-looking like you do! 😉 Love these muffins … they’re very classy!
I plan on making carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheeses frosting in my new (after I win them
I am going to try these. They look great.
I would bake funfetti! Extra sprinkles. These are gorgeous! Love a good vanilla cupcake!
Oh my goodness, these really are the perfect vanilla cupcake!! They were well worth the wait!
PS: If I won the silicone cups, I’d probably have to give these a shot!
I would use the silicone baking cups to make a mini flower pot cupcake. The cupcake will be a chocolate chip cupcake frosted with chocolate buttercream
Zainab your vanilla cupcakes look delish. Will be trying out your recipe
Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting is one of my very favorite recipes. So simple, yet so delicious — especially with vanilla bean for extra depth of flavor.
And what would I bake with a set of silicone baking cups. Hmmm…I’ve been meaning to make lemonade flavored cupcakes, so I think that would be first on my list. I’m reading for summer!!!
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Your vanilla cupcakes are gorgeous! I’d make blueberry muffins eith the baking cups. Thanks!
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I would make your vanilla cupcakes! Theses sounds scrumptious! My girlfriend needs to put on some weight after completing her chemo so these would be perfect! One for me and the rest for her! Thank you for the chance on your giveaway!
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I need to pin this recipe! I’m always on the lookout for a good vanilla cake recipe. For something as classic as vanilla, it’s shocking how hard it is to make a good, moist, fluffy vanilla cake! These look beautiful, Zainab, especially with that gorgeous swirl of frosting on top. If I were to win, I’d bake your vanilla cupcakes. I’m not saying that to suck up – I really can’t wait to try this recipe!
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Oh wow, these are such gorgeous cupcakes Zainab!
Vanilla cupcakes .. my fave!
I would make banana walnut chocolate chip muffins!
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I would make chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, and a lot mini chocolate chips on top!
I would love to make cranberry orange muffins in these cute little cups!
What an amazing way to serve and reuse these cups.
I would bake some Almond Poppyseed Muffins.
Because I am the only one that likes them, so unlike every other treat, they may last long enough for me to have seconds!!!
I love the pastel colors of the cups. I would make some Easter cupcakes with coconut frosting and jellybean decorations to match their colors.
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I would make the vanilla cupcakes, they really show off the colors of the liners
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I would make funfetti cupcakes with this whipped vanilla bean frosting!!! It sounds amazing!!!
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I was just browsing for really simple vanilla recipes, and blessed be, stumbled upon this one. It sounds so yummy!!! I have always been a cinnamon girl, myself. If I had these gorgeous cupcake cups,I would make my snickerdoodle cupcake with cinna-nutmeg buttercream frosting!
I would bake rainbow cupcakes first 🙂
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I LOVE and adore Swiss Meringue Buttercream too. I couldn’t imagine making (or enjoying) anything else. You’ve peaked my curiosity with your frosting though. I’ll have to give it a try :0)
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I will make these cupcakes first!
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I’d make banana nut muffins.
Chocolate cupcakes for my daughters birthday
I don’t even know where I would start! Brownie bites, vanilla cupcakes, mini crème brulé…
I would make red velvet cupcakes!
It’s spring time so I’m thinking strawberry cupcakes and lemon icing!!!
Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting!
I would make chocolate whole wheat muffins with chocolate chips.
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Vanilla is my favorite, but my little boy has a birthday coming up and he has requested strawberry.
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These cupcakes look delicious! I love your frosting swirl, I’m still trying to perfect mine!
I heart vanilla frosting. It’s so simple, yet so delicious. Those cupcakes look delightful!
Love you cupcakes – If I won the silicone cups, I would make some chocolate cupcakes with your vanilla frosting.
I want to try making a vanilla cake with mini chocolate chips!
I would use these baking cups to try this recipe. These cupcakes look divine!
I love how gorgeous these classic vanilla cupcakes look!! 🙂 I bet these taste divine!
I would love to make these vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting! That is my downfall dessert!
Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting.
YUMMY!!! I love a good vanilla cupcake and I am so happy I found your blog!!! I have been wondering about silicone baking cups and how they stand up, now I know! The first thing I would bake is your Lemon Poppy seed Muffins!!!! I have been searching for a good recipe to make and that’s what brought me here! Boy am I happy to have found you!!!!!
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Zainab, I am so loving you right now……all I can say is thank you thank thank you. Tried these last night for a birthday party and added a little vanilla pudding mix….girl I died and went to heaven….soooooooooo delicious. Enjoy the weekend 🙂
Colleen, I am so happy to hear you loved these cupcakes!! they are pretty amazing. Your changes sound wonderful. now I want to try it. Did you just add dry pudding mix to the batter?
Hi Zainab, I added the dry vanilla pudding mix to step 2
Made these this weekend, the cupcakes were terrific, but the frosting tasted like a stick of butter to me. Not enough sugar perhaps??? Anyone else have this issue??
Hi Lesan! I am so glad you hear that you liked the cupcakes. This buttercream frosting is my go-to and I adjust the butter and powdered sugar ration depending on how many cupcakes I have to frost. Try cutting down on the butter and whipping it very well until it’s light and fluffy. Adding more sugar makes it sweeter.
These were amazing! I made these last night for my churches Harvest Festival and they were a hit. People kept coming back asking for more. Honestly, this was the BEST vanilla cupcake I have ever had. Thank you for the great recipe.
Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know. So glad everyone enjoyed them 🙂
Hi there. Your cupcakes look amazing and I would definitely like to try them out. Just wondering which tip did you use to frost the cupcakes?
Hi Salma! Thank you. I used Wilton Tip 1M. Hope that helps 🙂
Aww thank you for your reply. I will try out this recipe for my daughters 1st birthday. I’m sure it will be a hit!!!
I love these cute cupcakes very much. I especially like the vanilla vanilla. I will make this cupcake for my kids and they will love it.
I made these cupcakes for my daughters 1st birthday and they were absolutely delicious. Will definitely be making these again!
Yay!! I am so glad to hear that Salma 🙂