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Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

You'll love these amazing, quick vanilla cupcakes -- they taste gourmet because they're made with instant vanilla pudding resulting in a rich and creamy texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Vanilla Cupcake Recipe, Vanilla Cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 248kcal



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3.5 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup milk


  • 6 sticks room temperature butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix and vanilla pudding.
  • In a separate bowl mix together eggs, oil, milk and sour cream.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  • Divide batter among 24 cupcake liners. Fill each cupcake liner half way with batter.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Turn on low and mix until all the powdered sugar is mixed into the butter. Turn on high and whip for 30 seconds until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Frost cupcakes, and top with sprinkles.


To change the color of the frosting, simply add a drop or two of food coloring to a bowl of frosting and stir to combine. 


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg