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Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes are so easy to make, simply mix all of the ingredients together and bake. They’re perfect for birthdays, cake sales, tea with your friends and any other celebration you can think of.
4.93 from 14 votes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes


  • 165 g self-raising flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 165 g soft margarine
  • 165 g caster sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • tsp milk


  • 12 cupcake cases



  • Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.
  • Place your cupcake cases into a muffin tin.
  • Sift the self-raising flour (165g) and baking powder (1½ tsp) into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients (3 medium eggs, 165g soft margarine, 165g caster sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract and 1½ tsp milk) and mix until fully combined (either by hand or using an electric mixer on a low speed).
  • Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases (I use a cupcake scoop to help split it evenly).
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool in their tins for about 10 minutes and then move them to a wire rack to cool fully before decorating.


If you’d like to top them with vanilla buttercream you can find the recipe here.
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Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14.2g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.