Vanilla Cupcakes

Light vanilla cupcakes with a creamy vanilla and fudge buttercream icing.

Vanilla Cupcakes with fudge frosting on cooling rack

Everyone loves a light and fluffy cupcake with a smooth and creamy butter icing don't they?

These yummy Vanilla Cupcakes with a creamy vanilla fudge buttercream, make the perfect after school treat or bake sale offering, and are super simple to make.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Top tips for making cupcakes

  • The recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd.
  • The recipe specifies vanilla extract in the ingredients list. Vanilla bean paste can also be used, but please do not use vanilla essence.
  • Put two paper cases in each muffin hole. Sometimes the paper cases can lose their colour and get a bit greasy. Encasing the cupcake in two paper cases stops this happening.
  • The un-iced cupcakes can frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • If you don't have any fudge pieces, use mini smarties or chocolate chips instead, to decorate the cupcakes.
  • Use salted butter in the icing. I find it gives it a much better taste. But if you can only get hold of unsalted butter, then that's fine to use too.

Other cupcake recipes you might like

  1. Creme Egg Cupcakes from Taming Twins
  2. Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes from Jam and Clotted Cream
  3. Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Jo's Kitchen
  4. Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from A Mummy Too
  5. Lemon Iced Cupcakes from Jam and Clotted Cream


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Vanilla Fudge Cupcakes

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Just like the Vanilla Cupcakes, these carrot cupcakes can be frozen, un-iced, for up to 3 months. Make sure to pop them in a secure Tupperware container to prevent freezer burn.

These carrot cupcakes make great Easter gifts for friends and family. Why not have a go at making the carrot decorations yourself out of icing? 

Carrot cupcakes with a cheese frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes
Yield: 12

Vanilla Cupcakes with a Fudge frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with a Fudge frosting

Prep time: 20 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 35 M
Light and moist vanilla cupcakes with a creamy vanilla and fudge buttercream icing.


  • 110g Butter, softened
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 110g Self Raising Flour
  • For the buttercream:
  • 170g Salted Butter, softened
  • 500g Icing Sugar, sifted
  • 50ml Milk
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 6 pieces Fudge, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°fan and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs and vanilla extract and fold in the flour until all combined.
  3. Spoon the mixture equally into the paper cases and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.
  4. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling put the softened butter in a stand mixer (you can do this by hand too) and beat until creamy. Add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract and beat for a further few minutes until all combined.
  5. Once the cupcakes are cool pipe the icing onto the cakes and sprinkle on the fudge pieces.
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1 comment

  1. These are absolutely stunning Beth. I seriously need to up my photography game I know, but I'd be over the moon if I'd taken anything as good as these. They sound rather yummy too ;)