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How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes + Video

Satisfy a cupcake craving with this perfect vanilla cupcake recipe that will give you 2 vanilla cupcakes! These homemade cupcakes have a lovely melt-in-your-mouth texture and are topped with a rich, indulgent buttercream frosting. One bowl and no fancy equipment needed. Can be made in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Recipe video below.

A cupcake with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles on a plate next to another cupcake in the background.

When you're cooking for one, the thought of making vanilla cupcakes from scratch might not seem like a great idea.

Since most cupcake recipes yield at least a dozen cupcakes, you might find yourself with way too many leftovers which can mean stale cupcakes after day two.

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Well, I'm thrilled to share this vanilla cupcake recipe with you. It's a recipe for just two vanilla cupcakes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • These cupcakes are easy to make and are made with pantry staples.
  • They taste divine! In fact, they're some of the best-tasting cupcakes I've ever had. They've got a spongy golden top and a delicate and tender crumb. The frosting is made quickly and easily with powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla, and cream.
  • This very small batch cupcake recipe yields 2 perfect cupcakes! It's a wonderful dessert that's perfect for anyone cooking for one. It can also be a special date-night dessert or a recipe that kids can handle on their own with minor supervision.

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A cupcake with vanilla frosting and rainbow colored sprinkles sliced in half on a plate.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Butter: Use melted salted butter.
  • Sugar: For sweetness.
  • Egg white: One egg white is all you need. Be sure to save the egg yolk to use in another recipe (see below).
  • Vanilla extract: For flavor.
  • Self-rising flour: If you don't have any on hand, use our easy self-rising flour recipe which is found in the FAQ section below.
  • Heavy cream: To moisten the batter.

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Two unbaked cupcakes in a cupcake tin.

How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Heat the oven and line either the cupcake pan with two cupcake liners or line 2 ramekins.
  2. Mix together melted butter, sugar, an egg white and vanilla. Then, add in self-rising flour (see below) and cream.
  3. Pour the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.

How To Make Cupcake Frosting

To make a rich, creamy frosting for the vanilla cupcakes you will need:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cream
  • Candy sprinkles (optional)

Mix together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream in a small bowl and spread over the cooled cupcakes.

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Expert Tips

  • These cupcakes can be baked in a toaster oven or in a conventional oven. Use the same temperature settings on the toaster oven as you would for a conventional oven. A toaster oven will likely preheat faster and cooking times can be shorter, so set a kitchen timer and check the cupcakes at 15 minutes to see if they are done. You can do this by inserting a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife in the center of the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. You will also need to use a muffin or cupcake pan suitable for toaster oven use. I use a Nordic Ware compact muffin pan. This type of pan will be a smaller than your standard-sized cupcake pan. Just divide the batter between three muffin or cupcake cups instead of two.
  • These vanilla cupcakes can be baked 1 day in advance before frosting. Store in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature.
One cupcake topped with vanilla frosting and rainbow colored sprinkles on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Self-Rising Flour?

If you don't have self-rising flour in your pantry, you can easily make your own.
This easy recipe for self rising flour will yield about a cup. Use the amount you need for this recipe and store the rest in a zip-top bag or other airtight container.
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix these ingredients together and store to use when needed.

What Equipment Do I Need To Make Cupcakes?

One thing I love about this homemade vanilla cupcake recipe is that I don't need to bring out my big mixer. One bowl and a spoon are all you need to mix the ingredients together.
I use a small 6-cup muffin pan but you could use a 12-cup if necessary.
Don't have a muffin pan? No worries, use two oven-safe ramekins instead. Just place the cupcake liners inside the ramekins so that the cupcakes don't spread in the oven.
These two cupcakes can be baked in a conventional oven or in a toaster oven.

What Do I Do With The Leftover Egg Yolk?

Since these vanilla cupcakes are made with only an egg white, save the egg yolk and consider using it in one of these lovely recipes:
Lemon Blueberry Muffin For One
Maple Walnut Muffin For One
Small Batch Strawberry White Chocolate Scones
Butterscotch Pudding For One
DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like this vanilla cupcake recipe, you might also like to try our chocolate cupcake recipe which makes just two cupcakes too!

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For these cupcakes, I used a Nordic Ware Compact Ovenware Muffin Pan. You can also use two oven-safe ramekins.

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How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: cupcake, vanilla cupcakes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , melted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour (see recipe notes)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

FOR THE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • candied sprinkles , optional

How To Video

Two Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes - Easy Recipe
Watch this video on YouTube.

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place cupcake liners in the cupcake pans or inside two oven-safe ramekins.
  • Whisk together the butter, sugar, egg white, and the vanilla in a medium-sized bowl until smooth.
  • Stir in the self-rising flour.
  • Add the cream and stir until smooth.
  • Pour batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING

  • Mix together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream by hand with a spoon or with an electric beater until smooth.
  • Spread frosting over cupcakes and add sprinkles, if using.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • These cupcakes can be baked in a toaster oven or in a conventional oven. Use the same temperature settings on the toaster oven as you would for a conventional oven. A toaster oven will likely preheat faster and cooking times can be shorter, so set a kitchen timer and check the cupcakes at 15 minutes to see if they are done. You can do this by inserting a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife in the center of the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. You will also need to use a muffin or cupcake pan suitable for toaster oven use. I use a Nordic Ware compact muffin pan. This type of pan will be a smaller than your standard-sized cupcake pan. Just divide the batter between three muffin or cupcake cups instead of two.
  • These vanilla cupcakes can be baked 1 day in advance before frosting. Store in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 24mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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22 thoughts on “How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes + Video”

  1. 5 stars
    This was perfect! I’m not a huge sweet eater so only want something small every once in a while. Vanilla cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts! These were delicious!

      1. and just made them again last night with Mardi Gras sprinkles! Perfect for a single girl! This time I decreased vanilla to 1 tsp and subbed the other 1/2 with almond extract!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe this afternoon as a special birthday treat for my sweet neighbor. It made three…muhahaha, one for ME! This is the BEST cupcake I’ve ever had! Thank you, Joanie!

    1. Hi Kimberly,
      I haven’t converted this recipe to a chocolate cupcake recipe yet. In my experience, changing a vanilla cake mix to chocolate can be done by removing some of the flour and substituting some of it with cocoa powder. You’ll have to experiment with the ratio though. You might also need to add a little more sugar to counteract the cocoa flavor.
      If you’re interested, we do have a couple of chocolate cake recipes that you might like…
      Flourless Chocolate Cake For One – https://onedishkitchen.com/flourless-chocolate-cake-for-one/
      2-Ingredient Chocolate Cake For One – https://onedishkitchen.com/two-ingredient-chocolate-cake-recipe-for-one/
      Chocolate Cake For Two – https://onedishkitchen.com/gluten-free-chocolate-cake-whipped-cream/
      Hope this helps.
      Joanie

  3. 5 stars
    What a perfect recipe! My hubby and kids were all out of town last weekend, so I made these for me. One for Sat and one for Sun. PERFECT!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a great recipe! Perfect for when I have a craving for sweets but don’t want to be tempted by a whole batch!

  5. 5 stars
    This is perfect for me… I have a voracious sweet tooth so being able to have a cupcake or two without being tempted by a bunch of them around is perfect for me.

  6. Sounds delicious! What can I use to replace the heavy cream. Don’t want to buy container of cream for two tablespoons.

    1. Linda,
      You can use milk instead of cream, the cupcakes will not be as rich but will still taste delicious.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the cutest idea ever 🙂 I love how easy it is to make one for now and one for later (and totally takes away the temptation of eating an ENTIRE batch!!)

  8. 5 stars
    I love this idea!! Now I can have cupcakes whenever I want… And I can eat them all before my husband comes home and he’ll never know muhahaha. Just kidding, I’ll share 🙂

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