Classic American Vanilla Cupcakes

Classic American Vanilla Cupcakes

These are an adorable combination of vanilla sponge cake and raspberry buttercream frosting.

Ingredients: 6 cupcakes

*Cake flour
100 g
*Baking powder
2/3 teaspoon
a pinch
Egg (large)
60 g
Unsalted butter
Vanilla Extract (Recipe ID: 2211684)
1/2 ~ 1 teaspoon
60 ml
Raspberry Buttercream frosting (easy-to-make amount)
Unsalted butter
80 g
Powdered sugar
80 g
Vanilla Extract (Recipe ID: 2211684)
1/4 teaspoon
☆Heavy cream
1 tablespoon
Raspberry Purée
2-3 teaspoons


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Sift together the * ingredients. Leave the milk and eggs at room temperature. Melt the butter in the microwave.
2. Put the egg and sugar into a bowl and beat for 3 minutes with a hand mixer until it becomes a fluffy and creamy texture.
3. Add butter and vanilla extract and beat for another 2 minutes. Decrease the speed of the hand mixer and add 1/2 of the * ingredients.
4. Add the milk, mix in, and add the rest of the dry ingredients. Slowly beat to mix until no longer floury.
5. Line the muffin pan and use a spoon or ice cream scooper to fill each about 2/3 full with the batter.
6. Bake for 20~25 minutes in the preheated oven. When an inserted skewer comes out clean, they're finished. Place on a rack to cool.
7. Raspberry Purée: In a small saucepan, add 150 g of raspberries and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Warm on medium heat.
8. It will become liquid, so boil down until a little bit thick. Strain using a colander to remove the seeds.
9. Butter Cream: Add the room temperature butter and the powdered sugar to a bowl and beat together with a hand mixer for more than 5 minutes until creamy.
10. Mix the ☆ ingredients until smooth. Add the raspberry puree until it reaches the desired thickness and flavor. If it gets too thick, adjust with heavy cream.
11. Pipe the cream on the cooled cupcakes.
12. Refer to this recipe here (Recipe ID: 2211684) to learn how to make vanilla extract.

Story Behind this Recipe

Since I've started living in the U.S., I've had a lot of opportunities to make cupcakes. Out of all the cupcakes I've made, this has become my go-to recipe.