Sweet and simple, these classic vanilla cupcakes are perfect with a swirl of vanilla bean buttercream and dusting of sprinkles.

15 min
15 min



  1. 100g unsalted butter, softened
  2. 185g caster sugar
  3. 2 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Essence
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 1/3 cup (200g) self-raising flour, sifted
  6. 1/2 cup (125ml) milk


  1. 250g unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3 cups (450g) icing sugar mixture, sifted
  3. 2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  4. Queen Teal Food Colour Gel
  5. Queen Midnight Magic Sprinkles

Method - Cupcakes

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced). Line two 12 hole cupcake tins with cases and set them aside.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream butter, sugar and Vanilla Essence until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate.

  3. Step 3

    Add sifted flour and milk in two batches, mixing until just combined. Add ¼ cup of batter to each case then bake for 15-20 minutes or until cupcake bounces back when pressed lightly. Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Method - Buttercream

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, combine butter, icing sugar and Vanilla Bean Paste. Mix on low to incorporate, then beat on high until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add teal gel food colour to desired intensity.

  2. Step 2

    Place into piping bag fitted with an open star tip. Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle with Midnight Magic Sprinkles.

Comments & Reviews

I love this recipe but a few people I’ve made them for say they are dry. Could I add a bit of canola oil or something?


Hi there, you absolutely can! just be careful how much, you don’t want to add too much liquid and ruin the batter!


Omg these cupcakes are amazing, the cupcakes are easy to make, you don’t need that much equipment, and when I tried the cupcake it was so fluffy and delicious. 100/10 will be using this recipe again 👍


Hi Ava, we are so glad to hear you liked them so much!


Delicious, but only made 12 🙁


The just because Smile vanilla cupcakes recipe states serves 30 but only using 1 12xcupcake tray is this just a typo error thanks


Hi Pam! thanks for letting us know! It is corrected now!


These cakes were very sticky. Could they be made with only one egg? Could I reduce the sugar?


Hi Ann, while we’re not too sure what you mean by sticky – but this doesn’t sound quite right. We’ve always had great success and this recipe is the base for a few of our most popular cupcake recipes. The key is ensuring that you mix the butter & sugar until light and fluffy and that you don’t over mix the batter once you add the flour as this can result in a denser cupcake. I would not alter the recipe as this may affect the final result. Hope that helps!