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Yellow Cupcakes

Nothing is better than homemade cupcakes. This yellow cupcake recipe makes delicious and fluffy treats. To top them, choose whatever frosting you want. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • Frosting of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting.

Yellow Cupcake Recipe Tips

What ingredient makes a cupcake moist?

Fat and milk work together to keep baked goods moist, so it's important to measure carefully and not overbake your cupcakes. (Overbaking is one of the most common cake mistakes.) Check your cupcakes a few minutes before the recipe's minimum baking time and remove them as soon as a toothpick in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Should cupcakes be golden brown?

Watch carefully, as all ovens are different. The edge of the cupcake may be golden brown, but for a moist cupcake, only bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a middle cupcake comes out clean. (For more tips, check out our complete guide to how to make cupcakes.)

Which cake mix is best for cupcakes?

Cupcakes are simple to make from scratch, but if you want to save a few minutes, our Test Kitchen did the work for you by evaluating multiple brands to find the best cake mix around. The best brand depends on whether you're looking for cake that's fluffy or buttery, but you can't go wrong with any of these top-rated mixes.

Research contributed by Anna Thomas Bates
Editor's Note
Decorative cupcake liners can be found at
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake (calculated without frosting): 163 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Gretchen
    Jun 28, 2020

    I have made this recipe severally times! It is easy to make and the cupcakes are tasty! I half the recipe since we are a very small household.

  • Loni
    May 26, 2020

    Cupcakes had no flavor at all.

  • Carrie
    May 17, 2020

    Could I use whole milk instead of 2% (it’s all I have on hand)?

  • s_pants
    Feb 7, 2019

    Good flavor, but it does not taste like a traditional yellow cupcake. Not very light.

  • Cyndi
    Jan 1, 2018

    This recipe is simple and tastes great. A little more dense than other recipes I have tried but so tasty.

  • Melissa
    Sep 30, 2017

    Great texture but these taste and look like sugar cookies, not yellow cake.

  • mom2lauren
    Mar 28, 2017

    Beautiful fluffy batter. I was asked to bring 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes to my kids school this week. Decided to give this recipe a try. I made 1 1/2x the recipe so I'd have enough cupcakes. My daughter sampled the leftover one and said it was perfect. I made home made buttercream frosting, I'll frost tomorrow before I drop them off. As a Volunteer Field Editor, I love testing recipes and reviewing them!

  • virginiacoy
    Sep 3, 2016

    Moist with good flavor but the top flattened while they were cooling.

  • Emilybodohsmith
    Sep 3, 2016

    Way too sweet. I even cut the sugar to 1.5 cups and they were too sweet.

  • jasmine60
    Jul 17, 2016

    delicious recipe very easy to make thanks for sharing