recipe

Celebrate birthdays (and more) with these easy to make treats—just bake and decorate!

safety
  • Uses an oven
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes, plus cooling time
yield
  • Makes 12 cupcakes

Prepare ingredients

1¾ cups
all-­purpose flour
1 cup
sugar
1½ teaspoons
baking powder
¾ teaspoon
salt
12 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened
3
large eggs
¾ cup
milk
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract
Vanilla Frosting or Milk Chocolate Frosting

Gather Cooking Equipment

12-­cup muffin tin
12
paper cupcake liners
Large bowl
Whisk
Electric mixer
⅓-­cup dry measuring cup
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Small icing spatula or spoon
1
 

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-­cup muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

 
2
 
1¾ cups
all-­purpose flour
1 cup
sugar
1½ teaspoons
baking powder
¾ teaspoon
salt

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

 
3
 
12 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

Add butter, one piece at a time, and beat with electric mixer on low speed until mixture resembles coarse sand, about 1 minute.

 
4
 
3
large eggs

Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.

 
5
 
¾ cup
milk
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract

Add milk and vanilla, increase speed to medium, and beat until light and fluffy, and no lumps remain, about 2 minutes.

 
6
 

Use ⅓-cup dry measuring cup to divide batter evenly among muffin tin cups (use rubber spatula to scrape batter from measuring cup if needed).

 
7
 

Place muffin tin in oven. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to remove muffin tin from oven (ask an adult for help). Place muffin tin on cooling rack and let cupcakes cool in muffin tin for 15 minutes.

 
9
 

Remove cupcakes from muffin tin and transfer to cooling rack. Let cupcakes cool completely, about 1 hour. (If you like, make frosting while cupcakes cool.)

 
10
 
Vanilla Frosting or Milk Chocolate Frosting

Use small icing spatula or spoon to spread frosting over cupcakes. Serve.

Mound 2 tablespoons frosting in center of cupcake.

Use icing spatula to spread frosting to edge of cupcake, leaving slight mound of frosting in center. Keep frosting off paper liners.