Vanilla Cupcake Recipe | Soft Sponge Cupcakes

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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes with a soft spongy texture that stays soft and moist even after days. This is a fail proof easy to follow recipe to get perfectly shaped cupcakes everytime with a soft moist tender buttery crumb.

After experimenting with a lot of recipes, i finally found my perfect vanilla cupcake recipe. I needed a recipe which will give me exactly 12 standard cupcakes. They should hold their shape perfectly, have a slight dome at the top and tender moist crumb. The ratio of eggs butter flour and sugar plays an important role in a cupcake.

To get perfect results everytime, Measure your eggs first without the shells, use the same weight of butter, sugar and flour. Use Large Eggs preferably weighing 70-75g with shells. I know its difficult to get exact weigh of eggs but if your eggs are too small weighing 60-65g with shells then add some egg white from another egg. Eggs play an important factor to get a nice soft texture and a good rise. smaller eggs are fine but you may not get exactly 12 cupcakes.

Also, usually we scoop the baking powder in a Teaspoon and use it but if you use a measuring scale instead you will get the accurate amount. Too less baking powder, the cupcakes wont rise properly, too much they will crack on top.

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Vanilla Cupcake Recipe


  • 1 Cup | 125g All Purpose Flourย ย 
  • 1 Tsp | 5g Baking powder ( measure in gms recommended)
  • ย 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup | 125g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup | 125g Sugarย 
  • 125g | 2 Large Eggs, at room temp (measure without shells)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 2 Tbsp Milk , full fat (at room temp)


  • Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder using a weighing scale to get perfect results. Using the same weight in gms as the eggs without shells will give a perfect result.
  • Beat the butter on medium speed till smooth for a few seconds.
  • Pulse the whole sugar in the blender few times. This allows the creaming of the butter and sugar easier. If you have caster sugar you can skip this and add directly.
  • Beat the sugar with the butter on medium speed for 1-2 mins till color changes to white.
    sugar butter
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing each egg till fully incorporated around 15-20secs.
  • Add the Vanilla Essence. Beat on medium speed till nice and fluffy.
  • Place a Sieve on top and add the All purpose flour, Baking powder and Salt. Sift the dry ingredients in three batches and mix on low speed till just incorporated. Do not over mix.
    flour mix
  • Add the milk and fold it in the batter gently. Do not over mix. Overmixing results in dense cupcakes.
  • Use an IceCream Scoop or a small ladle to pour into the liners. Do not fill more than 2/3.
  • Bake @180C in a preheated oven for 22-25 mins or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean. It took 22 mins for me.
  • Allow to cool in a cooling rack.
  • This recipe will make 12 Standard sized Cupcakes.



To get accurate results everytime i do recommend weighing all the ingredients specially the butter, sugar, eggs and the dry ingredients in gms using a kitchen weighing scale rather than by cups or teaspoons.
Measure your eggs first without the shells, use the same weight of butter, sugar and flour to get perfect results everytime. If your eggs are small then you can add some egg white from another egg to weigh 125g total without shells.
Butter should be at room temperature to get perfect soft texture. Too soft and it will not rise properly, Too hard it will have a dense texture. I usually keep the butter at room temperature just for 15-20 mins from the refrigerator not freezer. But this depends on how humid your kitchen or location is. I stay in a very hot country. Press the butter with a finger and check. If too soft it will stick to your fingers, too hard it will not make much dent.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This is very detailed recipe, great work

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