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Need a really simple and beautiful cupcake?  Here you go.  I love to lay in bed at night and leaf through cookbooks.  It calms me.  One of my favorites is Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess.  I was intrigued by the idea of icing the cupcake with royal icing.  It kept me up that night.  I woke up the next morning and made these immediately.  And then we ate them all.  They were delicious.

When I made these cupcakes for the first time I was convinced that there would not be enough batter to fill all 12 liners.  But there was, you just need to have a little faith and you need to completely scrape the bowl.  The cupcakes only need a few tablespoons of batter because you really do not want them to bake up higher than the cupcake liners.  You need room for the icing to cover the top and leave of blanket of sweet goodness.  This icing is perfect for travel because it dries hard.  It is like the frosting that you get on a Christmas cookie.  These are a wonderful little treat.  I like to put sugared flowers on mine that you can find in a bakery supply store or even at a craft store.  But they are just as beautiful plain.

vanilla cupcakeFor the cupcakes:

1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon butter room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
2 eggs room temperature
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk temperature

vanilla cupcake recipeFor the Royal Icing:

2 egg whites (or powdered egg whites)
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
food coloring (optional)
sugared flowers (optional)

* adapted from Nigella Lawson *

vanilla cupcake recipePut all of the ingredients in a food processor except for the milk.

vanilla cupcake recipePour the milk through the tunnel and process until smooth.

vanilla cupcake recipePut the batter in the prepared muffin tins.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown in a 350 degree oven.  Cool completely and then ice.

vanilla cupcake recipeCombine the egg whites and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until opaque and shiny, about 5 minutes.

vanilla cupcake recipeWhisk in the lemon juice to thin out the icing.

vanilla cupcake recipeMix for a few more minutes until you reach the consistency for spreading on cupcakes.

vanilla cupcake recipeSpread the icing on the top of the cooled cupcakes.

vanilla cupcake recipeHow cute are these sugar flowers?

vanilla cupcake recipeTop with a sugar flower and let harden.

vanilla cupcake recipeMy new favorite cupcake.

Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons milk temperature
  • For the Royal Icing:
  • 2 egg whites (or powdered egg whites)
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • food coloring (optional)
  • sugared flowers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor except for the milk.
  2. Pour the milk through the tunnel and process until smooth.
  3. Put the batter in the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown in a 350 degree oven. Cool completely and then ice.
  4. Combine the egg whites and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until opaque and shiny, about 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the lemon juice to thin out the icing.
  6. Mix for a few more minutes until you reach the consistency for spreading on cupcakes.
  7. Spread the icing on the top of the cooled cupcakes.
  8. How cute are these sugar flowers?
  9. Top with a sugar flower and let harden.
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118 Responses to Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. These almost look to gorgeous to eat…almost. Love Nigella but have never tried these…will absolutely have to now – intrigued by the royal icing!

    • bakedbree says:

      Aren’t they pretty? They really surprised me by being as good as they are. I find that a lot of her recipes are very eggy tasting and this one is not. Plus the icing is really good.

  2. Beverly says:

    Can you use a mixer rather than a food processor?

  3. These cupcakes are adorable. Perfect for so many occasions….or just for munching with a cup of hot coffee. Love those dainty blue flowers, they add so much to the presentation.

  4. cianne says:

    my cupcakes are cooling as I type. so easy in the food processor and so darn cute! I wish I has some sugar flowers to top mine with but white sprinkles will have to do.

  5. Megan says:

    These cupcakes look gorgeous. I love the concept of a cupcake that just rises to the top of the cup and gets a hard icing. I’ve never made any like this and know I will soon. And the way you decorate them with the suagr flowers is just so simple and perfect.

    • bakedbree says:

      These are so pretty that you almost don’t want to eat them, and then you get over it and eat a few because they are so good!

  6. Maribel says:

    I am inspired to make some cupcakes this weekend, thanks to you.. :)

  7. Alesia says:

    Beautiful pictures! And it does seems easy to make, I’m all for easy and yummy recipes :D

  8. patty says:

    hi there – i see from your photo that there is meringue powder…where do you use that? they look fabulous by the way.

    • bakedbree says:

      I used meringue powder instead of the egg whites. Thanks for reminding me. You can use either… if you use the meringue powder I would use 3 Tablespoons of the meringue powder.

      • patty says:

        thank you for the update so would you only use 3 tablespoons of meringue powder, to the 3 cups of sugar and only 1 teaspoon of lemon juice? no more liquid is needed? sorry for all the questions and thank you in advance.

        • bakedbree says:

          If you need more liquid, add it about a half teaspoon at a time. You can always add, but not take away. You are looking for a good thick spreading consistency. How much liquid will depend on a lot of factors, the weather, the consistency you are looking for. Please ask away, that is what I am here for!

  9. Memoria says:

    These cupcakes look simply lovely and inviting!!

  10. DJ says:

    Thanks for the easy recipe, but I had to guess how hot to make the oven… I used 325 but then lowered the heat as I was making mini cupcakes so I didn’t leave them in as long.

  11. Adriana says:

    At what temperature do we have to set the oven?

  12. Louisa says:

    Wonderful recipe! I baked these for my friends and they were asking for seconds! =] I was wondering though, how did you manage to bake them with flat tops? Mine always came out domed at the top and it is hard to ice over them.

  13. Sheli says:

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make? They look divine!

  14. Bonnie says:

    Hi!… wanted to know do you still bake for the same amount of time and 400 degrees for mini cupcakes?

  15. kendall says:

    i have a question what is thetunnle thing

  16. rosario says:

    can you make a cake instead of cupcakes with this recipie?

  17. shai says:

    WHERE IS THE OVEN TEMP.?????????????

  18. I says:

    I really love how my cupcakes turned out! This is one of the best cupcake recipes I have tried.

  19. Jasmyn says:

    Can you use an electric mixer instead of a food processor?

  20. Sally says:

    Mine didn’t come out very well they tasted bad. I don’t know what I did wrong!

  21. Joanne says:

    Awesome recipe! I Just made these and they came out ssssssso delicious. I almost didn’t even leave any for my husband lol. I used lemon extract instread of the vanilla extract for the batter. And they were perfect. Thank you :)

  22. Victoria says:

    Hi
    I was wondering that for the cupcakes, is it possible for me to use a cake flour instead of regular flour?

  23. KD says:

    These cupcakes look so simple and cute! Have you ever tried doing mini cupcakes with this recipe?

  24. Arlene says:

    I tried this recipe last night to take to my running group. I think next time I might not add the extra butter, but they came out really good. I used a hand mixer and it seemed to work just fine. I did take them out after 12 minutes and they were done.

    My 7 yr old nephew rated them a 7 out of 10. Not bad! He loves chocolate so next time I’ll make chocolate frosting and I’m sure he will rate them 10 for sure. :)

    Thanks!

  25. thanks for this recipe.

  26. Kari says:

    I just tried making these cupcakes with my nanny girls and we looked in the oven with about 4 minutes left to cook and they were spilling over the top mushy watery fried on the top looking disasters. Not sure what we did wrong but we followed the recipe to the exact. Can you explain?

  27. Kari says:

    they look like pancakes

  28. Karine says:

    Im thinking of making these….But i was just wondering why on the pictures the cupcakes look so dark, do they always turn out like that, or is that just another picture just to show the icing???

  29. maya says:

    Wow!! I love how have all these ingredients are in my pantry

  30. Kristina says:

    i looooove these cupcakes! i made the for my sisters birthday and they were a big hit! and the best part is, they were sooo simple and easy to make!!!

  31. Sandra says:

    I loved these! I made these for my friend’s birthday. They were sweet, cute, and delicious. (:

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  33. chinchin says:

    Approximately, how many grams is 1 stick of butter? I want to try this recipe. Looks delicious. :)

  34. Lisa says:

    I made these but tasted overpowering baking soda…? This may be why others had trouble with the taste.

    • bakedbree says:

      I need to make these again, I get so many questions about this recipe. It is a British recipe and sometime the measurements can be off.

  35. Alexa says:

    Mine came out very greasy (the baking cups are now wet with grease, and I didn’t grease the cups or anything) and have a very mealy consistency. I did not have baking powder so I used a substitute, could this have affected them? Also, in the pictures above, the cupcakes are brown in color, while mine were yellow.

    • bakedbree says:

      Yes, it could have. When you are baking you really cannot substitute, especially a leavener. I am sorry that these did not work out how you wanted them to.

  36. grace says:

    the cupcakes turned out way to buttery! it was to rich!

  37. yourmom says:

    those were some awful cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Mzzy says:

    If I’m using a stand mixer, would I just cream the butter and sugar first? I’m a total bonehead and like to attempt recipes when I know the step by step process, so I’m scared to attempt this without knowing how to. Lol.

    Also, when I finally get around to getting this food processor, when you say to pour the milk through the tunnel…what tunnel do you speak of? The food chute? (Again, I’m a total bonehead so I’m pretending I understand.) Thanks~!

  39. Nyki M says:

    So I did have the same problem as one of the ladies before me. I tried the mini cupcake idea, and they tasted great. The problem is that the very bottom of the cupcake liner is just greasy! Did we ever find a solution for this? (And thanks so much for posting this recipe, it’s AWESOME!)

    Sincerely,

    Nyki

  40. Jamie says:

    Beautiful easy muffins! I did mine in my bullet with the blender attachment. Thank you so much

  41. Jen says:

    Baking these cupcakes right now. I’m going to try to use them as a base cupcake for a cookie dough cupcake creation I’m making. Thank you.

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  43. Dayeeng:) says:

    You are my inspiration in making my ever first cupcakes to be bake right now. and I thank you for that :) but i am bit concerned or nervous in using our oven, its in celsius right? and our oven only reaches at 280degrees, so i’ll just put it on 280 degrees? or another oven? First-timer :D

  44. Maggie says:

    Hey there! My name is Maggie and I am 12. I just started my own cupcake business and your cupcakes have helped me get started! Thanks! :)

  45. Maggie says:

    Your so pretty!

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  47. Fatma says:

    hey Bree,
    i love your blog. i just tried this recipe and
    wooow it turn out to be amazing.
    i tagged you in my last post where i sheared my result of your recipe and i sheared also the recipe if u don’t mind.
    Fatma, xo

  48. Katerina says:

    Was just wondering if you knew of any way to make these less greasy? How would cutting down the butter affect the recipe? I’m new with baking so I don’t really know how to tweak recipes to make them perfect for me haha. These were divine, just a bit too buttery- my hands were slippery after I ate one and the liners are pretty greasy too and I followed the measurements to a T

    • bakedbree says:

      I have never had this problem, and I have made them many times. 9 Tablespoons is not a lot of butter, so I am not sure what the problem is.

  49. Sarah says:

    Hey,
    I recently discovered your blog. It’s so nice. my questions is may i use self rising flour for your cake recipe?

  50. yummy101 says:

    can i use a blender instead of a electric mixer or food procceser?

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