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Vanilla cupcakes recipe

We all need the ultimate cupcake recipe and this is mine. I use it to make plain cupcakes for everyday treats and fancy them up for special occasions. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1½ cups milk


Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160° fan-forced. Line 2 x 12-cup cupcake tins with patty pans and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until pale. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is creamy.

With the mixer still running, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix until well combined.

Add the flour and milk alternately, a little at a time, mixing until combined.

Spoon the mixture into the patty cases and bake for 18-20 minutes, until cooked and golden-brown.


  • To make orange-flavoured cupcakes, omit the vanilla and add the finely grated zest of an orange, and replace ½ a cup of the milk with freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • To turn these into chocolate cupcakes, omit the vanilla and add ¼ cup of sifted cocoa.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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