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Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes

Dense, moist vanilla cupcakes with a rich vanilla flavor. This recipe is adapted from the one on the back of the McCormick Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract box.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cookie Madness


Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, melted (make sure to use salted!)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on low speed just to moisten (or do this part by hand). Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Divide batter evenly between the 12 cups.
  • Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until tops spring spring back when touched. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.
  • Whipped Vanilla Buttercream: Beat the butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating well and scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add milk and beat until light and fluffy.