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The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe were created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by
some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”

The perfect vanilla cupcake is here!  I have worked on this recipe off and on for about 40 years, tweaking it until I believe I have what is the perfect vanilla cupcake!  I've used cake mixes and homemade recipes, but this one is my all time favorite.

I've played with cake flour or all-purpose flour but I love the sturdiness of the all-purpose flour best. It holds frosting well and gives me a nicer curve at the top.  I have tried different kinds of milk, too, and when I tried buttermilk, I was sold. The nice tang of the milk really accents the vanilla.  I like two eggs instead of three, three seems to overpower the vanilla.  I've messed with the oils, too, and I like the flavor that butter gives. I don't add salt to the cake so I use salted butter.  The vanilla bean, in addition to the vanilla, gives the cupcake a real vanilla taste. So good!

I have found that Adam's Extract is very good for cake making.  You can find out information about their extracts on their website. Follow them on social media!

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These darling cupcake liners came from Sweets and Treats Boutique!

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I've left the job of finding the perfect frosting to you. I'd love to know what you use!

Yield: 24

The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

Simple, delicious, homemade!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of salted butter, melted
  • 1 vanilla bean (you can leave this out but it does impact the flavor)
  • 1 c buttermilk or whole milk


How to cook The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  3. Mix together flour, soda, powder, and sugar until well blended.
  4. Beat eggs, butter, buttermilk, and vanilla together.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, beating on medium for 2 minutes. 
  6. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, open.
  7. Scrap the seeds by going down the length of the bean.
  8. Add the scrapings to the cake batter and beat slowly until incorporated.
  9. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  10. Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Let cool completely before frosting.
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    Welcome to the 3rd Annual #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This week-long summertime event is filled with some downright amazing sweet recipes from fantastic bloggers and we've got some great giveaways from our generous sponsors for y'all too!! We can’t wait to share all of these summer-themed desserts with you and celebrate sweet, sweet summertime all week long!

    There are 45 incredible bloggers participating in this year’s #SummerDessertWeek event! Thanks to those bloggers, we have over 168 summer time sweet treat recipes being shared this week! Grab a few recipes to try out and don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

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    Prize #4 — Sweets & Treats Boutique is giving away 1 (one) baking supply box including an assortment of sprinkles and cupcake liners as well as one of Love From The Oven’s recent cookbooks!

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     Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Anolon ! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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    1. We are BIG cupcake fans in our house. I am totally going to have to make these for my boy's upcoming birthdays.

    2. Those cupcakes look amazing! I'm not a well accomplished baker so it always amazes me when people create these yummy desserts! (Rena)

    3. These are lovely! I love that you use real vanilla bean!

    4. Perfect for all those summer holidays, love the sprinkles!

    5. Oh yes please! I just love cupcakes, and this looks fabulous. I need to make them with my kids.

    6. I need to make cupcakes again! I can't remember the last time I did. Homemade baking is the best!

    7. Love cupcakes and don't make them near enough...gotta change that. Love the sprinkles!

    8. Making some of these cupcakes sounds fun. I'll have to try this out as a treat for my family.

    9. I think those ARE perfect! I wish I could eat those right off the screen! I love how good they look!

    10. they look delicious. I love homemade cupcakes because their flavors are so great

    11. I can't wait to try this recipe! They look absolutely scrumptious!

    12. Kudos for creating the perfect vanilla cupcake!!

    13. What beautiful vanilla cupcakes! I love their patriotic look. They're perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

    14. Some people think vanilla cupcakes are boring but they are actually my fave. Yours turned out super cute.

    15. My husband will love these! He loves vanilla everything!

    16. I cannot wait to make these cupcakes with my daughter. She loves to make cupcakes and your vanilla cupcakes are delicious! These are perfect vanilla cupcakes!

    17. These are darling! I love anything with sprinkles, and I agree about AP flour.

    18. Those cakes look tasty! I really love vanilla flavor, just can't go wrong with it!

    19. Vanilla cupcakes are awesome. They're so versatile, yet, not a lot of people give them the credit that they deserve. I look forward to making these.

    20. Now you're totally making me crave cupcakes! I want to make this... yesterday! Looks oh-so delicious and I love the way you decorated them.

    21. This vanilla cupcake recipe sounds delicious. I love the addition of the fresh vanilla bean. Its amazing how something so simple can change the flavor so drastically!

    22. Those cupcakes look good and very patriotic too with the red and blue. Perfect for the 4th of July!


    23. What cute cupcakes! They do look delicious. We don't make cupcakes from scratch, but it would be nice to try out your recipe!

    24. I want to buy some whole vanilla beans. I am dying to use them in baking like this.

    25. I love baking cupcakes with any flavor. This would be a new favorite for sure. Yummy!

    26. Cathy Mini5:43 PM

      This vanilla cupcake looks so good. I will definitely try this recipe for my husband.

    27. You can never go wrong with classic vanilla anything!

    28. My mom always added buttermilk to her cakes and cupcakes too, it definitely gives them a richer flavor.

    29. It's good to have a vanilla cupcake recipe on hand, and these look great!

    30. How fun and festive for summer! Vanilla cupcakes are great to have at any party.

    31. I have a vanilla cake loving son. Totally making these for the first day of school.


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