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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

By Chelsea Sugar
Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing
24 servings
  • 140 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    150g butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups Chelsea Caster Sugar
    2 eggs
    2 tsp vanilla essence
    2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
    1 1/4 cups milk

    Buttercream Icing:
    100g butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups Chelsea Vanilla Flavoured Icing Sugar*
    1-2 Tbsp milk
    Raspberries, sugar flowers or sprinkles to decorate

    *You can use Chelsea Icing Sugar + 2-3 drops vanilla essence as an alternative. 


    Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 190°C conventional or 170°C fan-forced. Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth, add Chelsea Caster Sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add the sifted flour, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth. Place paper baking cases in a cupcake tin, spoon in mixture until they are about 2/3 full (don't overfill or they will form peaks). This recipe makes 24 cupcakes so you might need to do this in two batches. Bake for 20 minutes until golden or until they spring back when lightly pressed. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool while you prepare the icing.

    Buttercream Icing: Beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy. Sift in the Chelsea Vanilla Flavoured Icing Sugar and mix, adding milk until you have a light, fluffy mixture. Add extra milk if you need a softer consistency. Spread or pipe icing over cupcakes and top with decorations as desired.

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Average Rating
(140 reviews)

The best Chelsea recipe EVER!!!
I love making these.
I also double the icing mixture makes it easier to ice them.

OMG SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!! used it for school baking contest it won

I made these and they were great and all but WOW SO MANY!! I made like 23 cupcakes and a small loaf of this recipe! Next time I would halve it, or quarter!! Maybe a bit dry but that might just have been me.

So So Yum

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This recipe was great. Mine were really small and only made 16. They are really tasty though.

This recipe was a fail when I took them out of the oven after 30mins(that's how long it took to cook) they were very crumbly and did not come out of the tins over all they were very crumbly and did not hold its shape when I took them out of the tins!!!

Awseome i loved it...

U guys are so good at cooking...i wish i could be like you guys anyways i did the cupcakes and they tasted OK. But add least i did great on the icing... it really helped to and the topping...This is so amazing...KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST CHELSEA!!!!!


Really good

To the rescue so yummy especially when you have the moko’s

Soooo good! I managed to get 24 big cupcakes and 24 minis. Even though I only iced the big ones I had to make a double batch of icing. To make raspberry lemonade icing substitute the milk for lemon juice (Or lemonade!) and add 1 teaspoon of raspberry essence . I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!

So good! I made them as mini cupcakes and just cooked them a little less long. Still so yummy though!!

Sooooo good

Love it. So yum.


The cupcakes and buttercream icing were awesome.

For a little bit of help, is there a way of having the price of the all the ingredients would come to?

It does rise

How much do i need to times this by to make 100 cupcakes!? CHELSEA: The recipe makes 24 cupcakes, so multiply the ingredients by 4. Good luck!

This recipes is so easy and fun. It is the first recipe I've ever made. Thank you.

This recipe has never failed me and is a real favourite in our house, the grandsons can't get enough of them =)

I rate this a ten ten ten ten!
(because I'm a ten year old).

This recipe is sooo good! I've made this twice now, and both times they've come out moist and fluffy. I haven't tried using the buttercream recipe (I use a different one for cakes and cupcakes) but they were very easy to make

This recipe is sooo good! I've made this twice now, and both times they've come out moist and fluffy. I haven't tried using the buttercream recipe (I use a different one for cakes and cupcakes) but they were very easy to make

I Like Food
I like cake!
Cake should be,
On your plate!

Cupcakes are nice,
cute and small,
I eat cake,

Really great a bit time consuming but definitely worth it

Amazing recipe, my favorite :)

I think this recipe was amazing! The cupcake tastes very good and doesn’t take a long time to bake. Definitely worth making



Fill cups to top. These cupcakes do not rise.

yuck i though they where GROSS!!!!

Thank you to the Chelsea team for making these amazing cupcakes. Icing is delish :)

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This is my favourite cupcake/cake recipe! - it makes 2 cakes (or one very large) which you can bake in the oven for 30 minutes :)

Super yummy! So light and airy, but well cooked. I made forty of them (twenty big, twenty small) with strawberry essence (I also did some with coconut, orange, mint and caramel) instead of vanilla, and they taste SO GOOD! Keep up the delicious recipes, Chelsea!

Loved it!! Comes out pertect everytime hubby is not a big fan of cupcakes but in love with this one

These are brilliant! So moist and fluffy, perfect cupcakes which were a huge hit. Adding this to my favourites

Extremely sweet and they all stuck to the wrappers.

Best cupcakes I have ever made. So soft and sponge like also very delicious

Yum yum yum. It is yummy.

Great! Tasted delicious, easy to make and I managed to make 30 cupcakes with the batter ha! ❤️

This was so good I don't know what to say but these cupcakes stunned me. I liked that they weren't dry like other cupcakes.

Awesome recipe! Cupcakes came out great! Will for sure use it again

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This recipe was amazing. The cupcakes came out amazing!!!


The recipe was good it's really nice light and fluffy if you a quick and easy recipe this is the one for you! I loved this recipe and I definitely record it!

These cupcakes were perfect foe my mum's birthday mum loved them they were really good for putting candles in and every one love's them i made a lot of them for my son to take to university.

you should make these cupcakes with half a donut merged into the side of the icing opposite to the strawberry! (thats what im doing)

I made these for my daughter's birthday and they were delicious! I popped the leftover cupcakes in the freezer and they were excellent over the coming weeks (allow to return to room temperature).


It was pretty yum


This recipe is YUMMM! my first cupcakes and i love how easy this recipe is and delicious!

Amazing so light and fluffy!

Love making it just changed vanilla to choclate

I love these cupcakes! I often halve the recipe as I find I don’t always need 24. It should be pointed out that this frosting recipe is only enough for 12 cupcakes, if you want to frost 24 you need to double it.


It was delicious

I liked the consistency of the cupcakes. Icing could of been improved, very bland.

Awesome recipe, cupcakes come out so delicious!

Love the vanilla cupcakes but found them to sweet. I cut down the sugar and they are fabulous.

Great recipe, and so easy. Cupcakes come out soft. Love it

they taste great


Second try making cupcakes and they were amazing!!

I love this recipe

Quick and easy, makes heaps.

Love it

The icing melted in my mouth and all my family (Whānau) loved it ❤️

Quick and easy recipe. I didn't overfill my cases and this ended up making 36 cupcakes and I probably could have made 4 more but ran out of cases!

Wow! They are soo good I love them

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Love it

Made these for my partner's work and they all loved them! Such a good recipe.


Loved them would love to see same recipe but would only make 12

After making these cupcakes for the first time I haven't stopped. They are so yummy and everyone always tells me after one bite that they are amazing and gets me to make them for special events! Great job guys!

Loved it


Awesome I really recommend it!!!

Yum and super easy

Loved it,the buttercream tastes really good

great (:


Followed each step accordingly and though the cupcakes turned out looking really good and smelling delicious, their taste just disappointed me. They were too moist yet unflavourful and tasted bad.

OMG! These are the fluffiest and lightest cupcakes I've ever made! There turned out sooooo good! Been baking for a couple of years now and I think I've got myself a new favorite cupcake recipe.

this was great .it is very easy to make, coming from a kid perspective

My first time to try and it's not too bad! Turned out light and fluffy, smells really yummy! A little bit too sweet for me, but my 3 year old loved it :):)

Both the cupcake batter and the icing split despite me following this recipe to the letter. Not very good.

Easy to make and very yummy..I've made these 10 times at 24 cupcakes each with cream cheese frosting..yeyah!! Awesome combination..

yum I love it so much

Yum i love it so much but your color full buttercream icing has to much sugar

Lovely quick and easy recipe. Beautiful soft moist texture. Definitely adding this to my staple recipes.

It is very easy recipe for a Chistmas party and birthday party tooo. :) :)

Great standard recipe that turned out light fluffy & tasted good. Love how it does 24! Will keep using.

Great fluffy recipe. I added a lemon curd centre. :-)

It was lovely​ and so easy to make my kids loved it

It is amazing i love it!!

Really nice and fluffy!

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It was so good they were light and fluffy and I would definitely recommend making them.

I loved this recipe.
But to think that other people are giving this recipe one star, I think they just haven't given it their all and just gave up half of the way.

It was easy and tasted great I just need to work on piping on icing. :)

I made them for my family and guests, I made quite a lot of cupcakes about 30 cupcakes and I didn't double the recipe. I like the batter it was so thick that I added a bit more milk in it and three eggs into the batter and I use way more than two tsp probably use about two tablespoon

I haven't eaten these yet, they are in the oven baking atm. I put a bit of strawberries and cream essence in these with a little rose pink food colouring. They smell devine, and the batter is super delicious :) I will be making these again, my boys will be super happy when they get home to home made baking :)

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It is my first time to bake and it was a Success! This recipe is very helpful because it is so easy to understand and to follow. So grateful for a yummy cupcake.

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It is delicious I loved this recipe, it is so easy to make and they taste so good, they are moist and spongy and the icing is really good.

Very easy to make, light and fluffy, doesn't stick to the paper at all. Would highly recommend they taste absolutely delicious!

good cupcakes, easy and simple :)

Super yummy, hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhaha XD

Delicious cupcakes! They turned out perfect and I recommend this recipe to all my friends! Thanks!

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Very easy to make and so yummy

Always failed at making pavlova, untill I tried this method. All are now near perfect... thanks Chelsea.

So easy and tastes delicious. Made some mini cupcakes with leftover mixture too. Cooking time recommended was perfect.

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This is an awesome and very easy cupcake recipe and they taste amazing.

Absolutely amazing!!! Definitely recommend this recipe, is moist and fluffy - the best part is I didn't need to go to the supermarket!!!! Delicious treats!

Light and fluffy

We just used the icing because we had already made the cupcakes and they tasted delicious ☺☺

Really yummy, tried with Lemon juice added to the icing and worked a treat! Love this cupcake recipe - it's a great staple. :)

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Really easy to make super Yummy vanilla cupakes we love them so much they are delicious !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really moist and easy to make!

I am going to try making this with a chocolate button in the middle

sweet, fluffy, and the buttercream is delicous! recommend this to lots of people

Very delicious I use this every time my kid loves it and so does my husband.

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So delicious and so moist (A go-to recipe)

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These cupcakes are so moist and so delicious

These cupcakes are so easy and simple to make

Delicious Cupcakes(Yummy)

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These are the best cupcakes

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These are the best cupcakes i've ever made!

Light as air! chelsea your cupcakes are delish 10/10 :)

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Lovely light and fluffy cupcakes. Used them for my daughters Birthday Cupcake Tower and they went down a treat with all the girls.

Great Recipe, maybe double icing if you want more. GREAT CUPCAKES!

nice and fluffy tastes like bliss

amazing recipe tasted delicious

great recipe

This was an amazing recipe!!! The cupcakes were so light and fluffy! They were great!

Amazing recipe, has now become my go to vanilla cupcake recipe

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looks so nice tastes so nice, I LOVE IT

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Very soft and fluffy. My granddaughter made marble cupcakes using this recipe.

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