Yield: 24 cupcakes

White Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Simple, sweet, and elegant, White Cupcakes prove that basic isn’t always bad. Enjoy them as-is or get creative and go wild with different flavors and toppings. Our classic white cupcake recipe is moist and delicious.


For the Cupcakes

  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. For the batter, combine cake flour, baking powder, and kosher salt in bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes on medium, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Alternate additions of dry ingredients with buttermilk, mixing after each addition (about 3 of each). Once the last of the buttermilk is added, beat for one full minute.
  5. Fill cupcake liners two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 21-23 minutes. Remove and cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.


  • Store cupcakes in airtight container at room temperature.
  • Be sure to use room-temperature butter and egg whites so your cupcakes are easy to mix and have the lightest texture possible. 
  • We love using our classic Vanilla Frosting and tangy Vanilla Sour Cream Frosting on these cupcakes. 
  • For a fruitier frosting, try our Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. It’s a beautiful pink color and gets maximum flavor from freeze-dried strawberries.
  • Add sprinkles or edible glitter on top of the frosting for a fun decorative touch!
  • Don’t want to use frosting on these? No problem! They’re just as delish and way less sweet with Homemade Whipped Cream on top. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 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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