Skip to navigation Skip to content
Individual vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla pod lying next to the cupcake. Tried & Tested

Vanilla extract cupcakes

Read reviews
2.79 stars based on 57 ratings

These delicate cupcakes contain vanilla syrup made with Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, perfect for special occasions or just to treat yourself!

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:24
  • Skill level:easy

Membership sign up

A picture of a cupcake, membership sign up Sign up

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

For the vanilla syrup

For the buttercream

  • 200g 7⅛ oz Cream cheese
  • 100g 3½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 600g 21¼ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden icing sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract

Change Units

The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Line 2 cupcake trays with cupcake cases.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Using either an electric mixer or mixing bowl and whisk, beat the butter and golden caster sugar together until pale and fluffy, then whisk in the vanilla extract. Reduce the whisk speed and slowly add the eggs, along with a tablespoon of the flour to prevent it from curdling. Add in the rest of the flour.

    Ingredients for this step

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Using either a piping bag or ice-cream scoop, divide the batter between the cupcake cases and place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to the touch.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    To make the syrup, place the sugar in a pan with the water. Simmer for a few minutes until dissolved, then take off the heat and set aside to cool. Once cool stir in the vanilla extract.

    Ingredients for this step

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Remove the cupcakes from the oven once cooked and cool on a wire rack. Then add some sugar syrup to the top of each one.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Once completely cool, make the icing. Put the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and golden icing sugar in a mixing bowl and slowly mix together until light and fluffy. Place in a piping bag and ice accordingly.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Cream cheese
    • 100g 3½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
    • 600g 21¼ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden icing sugar