If there’s one dessert everyone loves at a birthday party or celebration it’s vanilla cupcakes. You can make these large or even as Mini Vanilla Cupcakes too!

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There’s nothing as magical as your child’s first birthday party. I’m sure that Chloe won’t remember much from her big day, but I’ll certainly remember every moment.

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We decided to do something simple to celebrate — just a bunch of babies Chloe’s age lounging around on blankets, musical instruments scattered about for playing, pink and white balloons hovering in the trees above, bubbles drifting through the air and of course, some delicious weelicious food! 

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The party was called for late in the afternoon, so I figured light snacks seemed appropriate. Benedictine Sandwiches, Fruit Kabobs, Chewy Granola Balls and finally, these Mini Vanilla Cupcakes. 

For the cupcakes, I really wanted something white, light, airy and tiny in size. I literally spent weeks working on the perfect recipe, which also had to be simple enough to be weelicious. I first tried using agave to sweeten them, but that was a big ol’ flop. Then I experimented with different combinations of eggs, flours and sugar, but still nothing tasted quite right until I arrived at the balance for this version.

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I love making miniature cupcakes for kids’ birthday parties, because they’re the perfect size for small hands, and even if your little one goes back for seconds (or even thirds), it still won’t equal the amount of one regular size cupcake. 

Plus, I’ve tried so many vanilla cupcake recipes over the years and I’m always taken by how overly sweet they are. These came out sweet — but not too much. Just the perfect amount in my opinion.

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When you’re looking for an unforgettable cupcake recipe that will only add to the magic of your little one’s special day, try these minis and experience maximum deliciousness.

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Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting (makes 1 cup):

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla and beat on low speed until combined.
  • Slowly add some of the flour mixture and then some of the milk, alternating until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as you go.
  • Pour the batter into mini muffin cups (I like to use a mini ice cream scooper) lined with paper or foil liners until 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Cool and frost.
  • *Refrigerate cupcakes after frosting

To make the cream cheese frosting:

  • Place the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and beat for 30 seconds on low to medium speed using a hand mixer.
  • Add the confectioner\'s sugar and vanilla and continue to beat for 1 minute or until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  • Frost the cupcakes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Sodium: 50mg | Sugar: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Calories: 90kcal | Fat: 6g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 8g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. What does “
    greek yogurt” mean? Are we adding Greek yogurt or cream cheese and how much of each? Thanks and sorry if someone already asked below, I couldn’t find!

  2. Hi! I’ve made these cupcakes before for my son’s birthday and he absolutely loved them. I would like to make these for my daughter’s first birthday, but there are no instructions or amount for the greek yogurt. Is it necessary? I don’t remember using it before.

  3. Hi! I’ve made these cupcakes before for my son’s birthday and he absolutely loved them. I would like to make these for my daughter’s first birthday, but there are no instructions or amount for the greek yogurt. Is it necessary? I don’t remember using it before.

  4. Is there an easy way to make the frosting strawberry flavored? Could i defrost frozen strawberries and just add them to the mix before i beat it?

  5. Oh MY!!! this is so beautiful, happy and deiuliocs looking!!! I saw Someone post about a cake like this once (forgot who it was),, I love it and would love to make one,,, better yet= Eat One or 10 :)xoEdyta

  6. I tried making these tonight. And they just crumbled in your hand when you picked them up (I didn’t use liners because usually don’t have to). A Pretty big disappointment 🙁

  7. Refrigerate the unfrosted cupcakes and the frosting separately. Then frost before the party!

  8. I am making these today for my son’s 3rd bday party tomorrow morning. Do I refrigerate them before or after frosting? Or should I leave them out? I am just not sure if I’ll have time to frost them tomorrow…

  9. I made this in a 9×9 pan yesterday for my daughter’s birthday (with chocolate frosting, because that’s what she wanted). The cake was delicious!

  10. My daughter will be turning 3 in a month, and I’m planning to make these. I have made them every year so far, and everyone loves them! I do add some finely grated zucchini for a little hidden veggie. You should have seen my nephews’ faces last year when I told them what I had added (I didn’t tell them until after they had their cupcakes.) It was priceless! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  11. These are the perfect cupcake for kids! I also made them for my daughter’s first birthday party. They were enjoyed by both the kids and adults. I used a bit of beet juice to make the icing pink. Turned out perfect. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  12. Also, do you have another frosting recipe that doesn’t call for cream cheese? My daughter doesn’t like cream cheese. This would be the same frosting that I want to color naturally, pink that I posted about below.

    Thanks!

  13. Raspberries or their juice would work! Blueberry juice will make a bright purpley color, and beet puree works to turn things pink, too!

  14. Any suggestions for how to naturally color the frosting? I want to make these for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party this weekend but she wants pink frosting. I saw you used rasberries for some other pink cookies you made. What would work with this frosting?? Thank you as always!!

  15. Try it with Truvia. Truvia tastes good and smells good. They also have a baking version, which has a tiny bit of sugar in it for texture.

  16. I’m looking for a sugar free cream cheese frosting recipe. Any ideas on how to make a really good sugar free cream cheese frosting?

  17. This is a fantastic recipe! With a 17 month old running around I don’t have time for complicated recipes – I had everything I needed already in the house! Made these as a thank you for daycare so perfect for toddlers and adults. I added a touch more milk as the batter seemed a bit thick but otherwise both cupcake and icing recipes were easy and delicious – thanks so much! 🙂

  18. Do I have to use little cupcake liners? I only have big ones, but I don’t have a 12 cupped pan. I have a 36 mini muffin pan.

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  21. What size pan would you used if you wanted to double the recipe?

    Do you have a chocolate cake recipe?

  22. Catherine,
    Do you think I could make this recipe into a round cake? Should I make any adjustments doing so?
    Thank you,
    Alyssa

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  24. i just made this tonight, followed the recipe exactly. its for my son’s 3rd bday party at his school tomorrow so i made about 50-60 mini cupcakes. my husband couldnt stop eating them! a bit too sweet for my personal taste. but my husband said they were the best cupcakes…better than store bought.

  25. I haven’t tested this recipe with whole wheat. It will give the cupcakes a different texture, but I always think experimenting is worth it!

  26. have you ever tried with whole wheat flour? I have white wheat flour and would love to substitute for the AP

  27. Could I use this recipe as a base for strawberry cupcakes? Do you recommend chopping the strawberries or puree? How much? Thanks!

  28. Hi! Going to try these cupcakes for my sons birthday. Does anyone know how many regular cupcakes this will make, and would they still taste good if I made them the night before.
    Thanks.

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  31. People seem to like flax as the best egg replacer. 1 tablespoon ground flax seed plus 3 tablespoons water equals 1 egg!

  32. Me and my best friend made these for my mom and dad! They loved them but I was wondering if you knew a good buttercream frosting resipie?!? 😀

  33. Yes! Freeze unfrosted! Place the cupcakes on a baking sheet in the freezer until they are frozen through, about 1 hour, then move to a freezer bag or other freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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  36. These cupcakes rock! This is definitely going to be my go-to recipe for mini-vanilla cupcakes when I need to whip up a batch for the little ones. They came out light and delicious and the recipe is so basic. I also got exactly 36 out of it!

    I doubled the cream cheese frosting recipe (and tinted it pink!) since I was making these for 4 year-olds and wanted to make sure there was a good dollop for each. I ended up with about 1/3 cup left over, but wouldn’t have had enough unless I doubled.

    Thanks so much!!!

  37. My mom and I were looking for a recipe to make for my nephew’s first birthday and we decided to test these. We frosted them with homemade buttercream frosting ( a family favorite) and everone loved them, so this will be the birthday treat for his party! My mom says this is the best from scratch vanilla cake recipe she’s tried in a long time and I agree. The cupcakes were so light- especially right out of the oven! Thanks for a great recipe!

  38. I made full size cupcakes and they were great just after baking, however the next day they were very dense and somewhat hard. Any ideas for what went wrong? Did I overbake them?

  39. Could you make the cake chocolate by adding cocoa? If so, what amount would you estimate? I’m looking forward to making these for my son’s 2nd Birthday!

  40. This recipe is far to small for a six inch cake. You could always try and double the recipe, but whenever I double a recipe when baking, something usually goes wrong. So I would find a different recipe. Hope that helps! 🙂

  41. Could you use this batter for a two layer 6-inch cake? If so, how much batter to use? And what would be the cooking time? I want to make a little cake all her own for my baby girl’s birthday, but still want it to be weelicious!

    Thanks!
    Heather

  42. For the frosting can i use arrowroot and agave instead of powder sugar? If so, how much of each you think?

  43. You could really use any type of milk you wanted, the density may be a little lower with milks containing lower fat. Hope it helps.

  44. Is it possible to substitute eggs in this recipe for something else if I wanted to make this for a child with egg allergies?

    Thanks in advance.

  45. Salted butter is fine, but you just might want to use 1/8 of a tsp instead of 1/4. Hope it helps! 🙂

  46. The batter may have seemed thick, but you don’t need to add any more liquid to make it thinner. The only difference of consistencies is the baking time. Hope it helps! 🙂

  47. I tried out a different recipe for vanilla cupcakes first, and they were a disaster, so I was rather panicked when I found yours. What a relief when these turned out so beautiful and tasty. Just what I wanted for my daughter’s classroom birthday celebration (although I did end up adding a couple extra tablespoons of milk because the batter seemed too thick). Thank you!

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  49. I’m sure it would be fine but coconut milk is a lot thicker than whole milk and you would get the coconut flavor in the cupcakes which is not bad at all. I love coconuts! I would just water down the coconut milk to get it to the right consistency of whole milk and use that 🙂

  50. Also, how long would I cook if I’m making regualar sized cupcakes and not the mini kind? Thanks again!

  51. Unfortunately this is White cupcake so you need the sugar – it will change the cupcake if you add sucanat. You can still use it but it will be different. :/

  52. Do you think the cupcakes would turn out okay if I used sucanat in place of the sugar? Thanks for all you do. We love your recipes.

  53. Lovely cupcakes but even without frosting, a bit too sweet for me. Can i have the sugar? Do I need to halve butter? Thx

  54. I just added blueberries and chopped strawberries to the batter for a fun 4th of July treat! Love it.

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  56. hi! i’m looking at this recipe and wondering what to do with the greek yogurt and also not sure what the measurement is.
    greek yogurt
    Cream Cheese Frosting (makes 1 cup) greek yogurt
    thanks so much!

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