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close up shot of a Vanilla Cupcake topped with sprinkles

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes turn a simple white cake mix box into scrumptious cupcakes. These soft and fluffy cupcakes taste like they came straight from the bakery.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3.5 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup milk


  • 3 cups butter room temperature
  • 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 halfway with batter.
  • Bake at 350°F 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.



  • Using an ice cream scoop is a great way to measure your cupcake batter into the paper liners and the easiest way to minimize the mess.
  • If you want a bakery perfect swirl of frosting on top, use a pastry bag or fill a Ziploc bag with frosting, snip the corner off, and use it as a piping bag, going in little circles to create a swirled design.