Authentic Vietnamese recipes from the Motherland

Super Moist Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Mom would always tell stories of how I was such a terror as a child. I have always thought her stories of me were highly exaggerated for cheap laughs. Now that my daughter is three, I'm seeing an eerie similarity. With such a depressing realization, I think I'm going to make me some cupcakes.

 Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe makes about 18 standard size cupcakes


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about three minutes).
  4. Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time and fully combine into the mixture after each addition.
  5. Add the sour cream, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and milk. Mix until combined.
  6. Fill the cupcake tins 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for about 15-18 minutes until inserted toothpick at the center comes out clean.