The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. In a small bowl, combine flours; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla, and scraping down sides of bowl in between each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.

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  • Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about three-quarters full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool in tins for 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from tins, and cool completely on rack. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Serve at room temperature.

Reviews (15)

158 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 48
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2019
I made half a recipe and got 15 cupcakes. delicious, light batter and lovely blonde color. Batter tasted good. Will make an Italian meringue frosting w a little strawberry jam blend in for color and flavor.
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2018
Just tried these and they are wonderfully moist and light! A bit too sweet for my taste though, I think one might get away with half the sugar since you also have the frosting to add on top, other than that they were great!
Rating: 1 stars
10/30/2017
NO frosting directions included ! ????
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Rating: Unrated
01/23/2017
Like others who have tried this recipe I agree that the recipe is TOO SWEET. I only used 2 cups of sugar and I think it is perfect. I usually don't like my frosting overly sweet. If you are trying the recipe I suggest adding the sugar slowly and tasting along the way. That way you can achieve the perfect sweetness for you. This is my favorite recipe for buttercream!
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2014
Very very good. Almost a comparison to Magnolia Bakery but not quite
Rating: Unrated
04/19/2014
Just made these for Easter dessert. Had to sample one, and they are delicious! Will definitely keep this recipe to make again!
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Rating: Unrated
06/14/2012
I made these cupcakes for the first time last night and they are truly the most epic vanilla cupcakes I have ever baked (and I've been baking for 20+ years). The instructions are perfect but, as WestVillager pointed out, make sure you cream the butter and sugar thoroughly. The cupcakes are light, sweet and have a wonderful crumble to them. The frosting is delightful and pipes amazingly. Makes about 22 cupcakes with enough frosting for 24 cupcakes. I'll be making this one again (and again).
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
My god, these are good cupcakes. I think there's a missing instruction about letting the butter and first cup of sugar cream a bit longer than usual. I do that for the cake and frosting with no problems. I find the cake/frosting combo works very well but can see why some consider it ultra sweet. That's probably what I like about them.
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2011
I made these for a church event and they turned out GREAT! Everyone said they were the best cupcakes they'd ever had, what a compliment!
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2011
I made these for a church event and they turned out GREAT! Everyone said they were the best cupcakes they'd ever had, what a compliment!
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2011
I made these for a church event and they turned out GREAT! Everyone said they were the best cupcakes they'd ever had, what a compliment!
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2009
I have made these twice and they never come out like the bakery's. The frosting also does not, theres so much of it!
Rating: Unrated
02/05/2009
Best cupcakes I have ever made. They are dense and delicious!
Rating: Unrated
11/05/2008
Wonderful vanilla cupcakes, highly recommended.
Rating: Unrated
03/22/2008
it's too sweet and too moist for me, but after i reduced sugar and milk it turned out great! my family and friends love it.