Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

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Vanilla Cupcakes

I have tried numerous recipes for vanilla cupcakes but I am yet to nail the perfect recipe. I like a moist cupcake and my preferred choice of fat is oil. Since I like the flavor of butter, I use both butter and oil in most cupcake recipes that I try. Today’s recipe is one that I have minimally adapted from Glorious Treats and is by far the best I have found in terms of texture and flavor. The use of corn flour gives it a light and airy texture. Due to the oil the cupcake keeps moist for quite a few days. The key is to not over bake as the cupcake tends to be dry and curmbly. My son is very fond of Nutella and I decided on a Nutella Buttercream frosting which turned out absolutely amazing with the Vanilla Cupcakes. Seriously, the cupcakes are so good on their own that there is no need for any frosting.

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Vanilla Cupcake with Nutella frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 15

Main Ingredients:

  1. flour
  2. eggs


  • Flour - 1 1/4 cups
  • Corn flour - 2 tbsps
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsps
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs - 2
  • Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1/4 cup, unsalted
  • Vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 1 1/2 tsps
  • Directions:
  • Butter - 1/3 cup
  • Nutella - 1/2 cup
  • Icing sugar - 2/3 cup, sifted
  • Milk - 1-2 tbsps or heavy cream
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and line the muffin tray with cupcake liners. cup moulds with paper liners.
  2. Slft flour, corn flour, baking powder and salt at least 3 times and place in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter until light. Add sugar and beat till light and fluffy.
  4. Add each egg, one at a time and beat until well incorporated. Add the oil and vanilla essence and mix well.
  5. Add 2 to 3 tbsps of flour, alternating with a little buttermilk and mix until well combined on low speed. Do not over beat.
  6. Start and end with flour. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners a little over 1/2 full. Bake for 14-15 mts on until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Place the tray on a wire rack to cool for 10 mts. You can frost the cupcakes with frositng of your choice. I frosted with nutella frosting.
  8. For frosting. Beat the butter for 3 mts on medium speed. Add icing sugar little by little along with a tbsp of milk and beat further for 6-7 mts until light and creamy. Add nutella and beat for another 3 mts. Fill a piping bag with a icing tip of your choice and pipe the nutella frosting over the cupcakes.


  • All the ingredients for the cupcake must be at room temperature.
  • Do not overbeat the cake batter at the time of adding the flour and buttermilk. Just mix till well combined on low speed.
  • You can add 1 cup sugar for a sweeter cupcake. Since I was frosting the cake, I reduced the quantity of sugar.
  • You can omit butter and use 1/2 cup oil or vice versa.
  • Refrigerate the piping bag with frosting for 15 mt so that it is not runny when you pipe the frosting over the cupcakes. I have reduced icing sugar to less the sweetness of the frosting. You can use utto 1 1/2 cups icing sugar.



Vanilla cupcakes is the most basic among cupcake recipes and the easiest to make too. Learn how to make cupcakes from scratch along with nutella frosting.


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21 Responses

  1. Manasa Murty says:

    Awesome!! Not a fan of Nutella..but vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting sounds awesome!!! Definitely will try these out!! thanks for another awesome recipe…

  2. Shahnaz says:

    Buttermilk is not available here.,what can i use instead of buttermilk? Plz. Advice. Thanks.

  3. Vani says:

    sailu garu..these cup cakes turned so good for husband liked it alot..Thank u so much humble request, can you post KAJA receipe please.. I requested in the past also but u didnt post…Thanks!

  4. mounika says:

    i’m a big fan of yours.i got recently married and i’m planning to buy a oven basically for baking,which oven would you suggest…and may i know which oven u r currently using :)

  5. shreya nimonkar says:

    U r annapurna.I just love your recipes.we r veg n want Eggless version for this cup cake please.

  6. Ash says:

    I’m gonna try these…
    I’ve just started blogging and i’m inspired…

  7. kt says:

    looks pretty

  8. kum says:

    I often make golden vanilla cupcakes, they are eggless .

    go to google and type, golden vanilla cupcakes, you can find the recipe in ppk forum…

    global vegan fare

  9. Aishwarya Gollapudi says:

    Hi Sailu, I planning to buy Morphy Richards OTG 40 ltr++.. Can you please tell me internal dimensions of your oven?
    I need to know how big square and round cakes I can bake in these ovens.

  10. Divya says:

    HI , Could u pls tell me which cup cake moulds can be used .. I have the paper ones .. How can we place them in the oven.

  11. Neeha says:

    Hi Sailu,
    I live in the US and generally use the measuring cup here.. Is it safe to use that for your baking recipes? I normally use a small katori for your non baking recipes and it works perfectly for me..
    Love your recipes btw.. I haven’t found a single one of yours which did not produce amazing food..
    Thank you for sharing..

  12. Anu says:

    Hi Sailu, I am thinking of buying a microwave oven. Please can you suggest a good one. Did you use microwave oven or a conventional oven for these vanilla cupcakes?

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