A group of mini cupcakes in pink and white liners
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Mini Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This is the best mini vanilla cupcake you will ever have!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake recipe, mini cupcake recipe, mini cupcakes, mini vanilla cupcakes, vanilla cupcake recipe, vanilla cupcakes
Servings: 48 mini cupcakes
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Stef

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola oil you can also use vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract use pure, not imitation
  • 2/3 cup whole milk room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean. (For those of you who are new to using vanilla beans, watch the video in this post to see how it's done.)
  • Using the back of a spoon, move around the bowl and apply pressure to break up any clumps of seeds and to better infuse the vanilla flavor into the sugar. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
  • Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  • Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
  • Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. The cupcakes should appear white with specks of vanilla bean. They should not turn a golden brown. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
  • When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.
  • Frost with your favorite frosting such as my vanilla buttercream or my chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Notes

  • Use a vanilla bean for the best vanilla flavor. If you don't have one, you can leave off the bean and skip related instructions and the mini cupcakes will still be amazing!
  • Use cake flour for a lighter crumb. If all you have on hand is all-purpose flour, that will work fine.
  • Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
  • Use room temperature ingredients - everything will mix together more smoothly that way.
  • Because everyone's oven is just a bit different and your liners may be a slightly different size than mine, I highly recommend that you bake a test cupcake before baking your whole batch of mini vanilla cupcakes.
  • Even if you're a regular baker, check out my post on how to crack eggs to learn a great technique to help you avoid getting pieces of eggshell that you have to fish out.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.1mg