The Best Vanilla Cupcakes EVER!

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The Best Vanilla Cupcakes EVER!

For as long as I can remember, this has been my go-to cupcake recipe. It comes from a Betty Crocker cookbook that belonged to my mother. These vanilla cupcakes are so simple and yet utterly divine. I think it has something to do with all the butter.

Now don’t let butter scare you away. Contrary to misguided popular belief, butter is actually good for you. That is to say, REAL butter is good for you. Please don’t desecrate these sublime cupcakes with margarine.

I wish I could tell you that sugar and flour are good for you too, but if it was all good for you, it wouldn’t be dessert, now would it?

I made a batch of Bonnie Butter Cupcakes for my daughter to take to school for her birthday celebration last week. The tray came home empty. See? I TOLD you they were divine.

Don’t you wish birthdays still made you that happy?

Bonnie Butter Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
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Serves: 12
Source: Betty Crocker Cookbook
  • 2/3 cup soft butter
  • 1-3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • Frosting:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk
  • food coloring if desired
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with the milk.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. These should make exactly 24 cupcakes.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 350-degree oven, until they spring back when touched gently and they’re just BARELY beginning to brown. Do not over bake.
  1. Beat all ingredients until smooth and spread on cupcakes (or on anything, really.)
  2. I dare you not to lick your fingers.


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10 Responses

  1. there is nothing better than food out of old cookbooks! I use my grandmother’s Betty Crocker more than I use my own and my moms. Everything is so buttery and delicious, and no artificial or de-fatted stuff is ever called for!

  2. I’m about to whip up a batch of these for Bean’s birthday tomorrow. Did you use salted or unsalted butter? It sounds like a lot of salt to use salted plus the teaspoon of salt, so I just wanted to check before I get mixin’.

  3. They look and sound delicious!! I’m a firm believer in REAL butter too! lol

    If people only realized what chemicals are in margarine..yuck haha

  4. Aww. This is so cute! My daughter will definitely love this! She is kinda a fanatic of the Little Mermaid! She will surely freak out when she sees this. Now, my son is asking me if we can replace it with Bumblebee. LOL. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! My kids will love this!

  5. My daughter loves Mariel the mermaid. I never thought of making this for her birthday this coming Saturday. Thanks that you give me an idea.

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