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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

By Chelsea Sugar
Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing
24 servings
  • 75 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
(75 reviews)


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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