Yield: 18 cupcakes

Yellow Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Skip the boxed mix and make delicious treats from scratch with this Yellow Cupcake Recipe! These yellow cupcakes have a moist and tender crumb. Spread with your favorite chocolate frosting for an easy kid friendly favorite.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with paper wrappers. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter for two minutes. Add in sugar and vanilla, beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and sour cream, beating for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, then add buttermilk. Beat for 3 minutes until fluffy and blended.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into cupcake tin, about ⅔ full. Bake on the middle rack for about 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.


  • Use room temperature ingredients: Letting refrigerated ingredients like eggs and sour cream come to room temperature first, helps incorporate them more easily into the batter.
  • Do not overfill cupcake liners: For evenly baked cupcakes, fill liners about ⅔ of the way with batter. This ensures the tops will not puff over the egde, so you'll have a smooth flat top for adding frosting.
  • Let cool completely before frosting. Cupcakes that are even slightly warm will make the frosting get soft and runny.
  • FROSTING: These cupcakes are topped with our favorite chocolate sour cream frosting. You could also use chocolate buttercream frosting or vanilla frosting if you prefer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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