The vanilla cupcake – utterly classic, absolutely yummy

6 cupcakes edited

When I finally got around to procuring the Kitchenaid mixer (in red, of course), one of the first things that I made was the vanilla cupcake. It would be my first cupcake attempt, and I was super excited. Using the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, the first time I made it, and the multiple times afterwards, I’m always happily surprised by how soft, airy and fluffy the sponge is, and how the frosting just lovingly complements the concoction.

Since then, I’ve dabbled with various other cupcake flavours from the cookbook – pumpkin, matcha, good old chocolate. But somehow, I keep returning to the classic vanilla over and over again, and often have to stop myself from gobbling down three or more (they’re quite small!) at a go. Plus, J says it’s his favourite baked item of mine, and until baby J gets old enough to have an opinion about mommy’s home baked goods, that’s good enough for me for now.




About Charmaine Toh

Charmaine considers gluttony the most beautiful sin, and enjoys exemplifying it as she goes about her daily activities. Luckily for her, she currently lives in Hong Kong, the purported greatest city in Asia for everything to do with food (it’s a close fight with Singapore, where she was born and bred). These days she can be found (over)eating, thinking of what and where to eat next, and attempting various recipes in her kitchen.


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  1. S 6 May 2013

    Dear Charmaine
    These sound dreamy 🙂 I was looking at the sprinkles and thinking, “ooh, she found those. Where did she find them in Singapore?” Then it hit me that you’re in Hong Kong. -_-

    I’ve been dying to try to replicate this cake

  2. Siew Wei 6 May 2013

    You can get the sprinkles at Phoon Huat (quite a few branches including Jalan Merah Saga, Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio).

  3. Charmaine 6 May 2013 — Post Author

    hi S and Siew Wei! I got mine from City Super supermarket in Hong Kong :), hope you can find them in PH!

    S – please do do the rainbow cake and write about it, it’s Beautiful!

  4. Dawn 6 May 2013

    I absolutely love this recipe! Will be making them the next time I crave a cupcake-fix. S- the rainbow cake looks just the thing for a little girl’s 2nd birthday celebration. I have 5 months to perfect it!

    • Charmaine 8 May 2013 — Post Author

      do make, and let me know how it goes!

  5. coral toh 20 May 2013

    Wow, did you really make those??

    • Charmaine 20 May 2013 — Post Author

      yes! I bring you some next time we meet!

  6. Sirin 30 October 2013

    I tried ur cupcake recipe n it was fantastic!

    Exactly how I like it!! 🙂


    Am wondering,
    Ur vanilla frosting recipe,
    Is it considered buttercream frosting?

    Could I add colouring n use it to pipe swirls or flowers?

    Or would it turn out lk in ur pic,
    Not stiff enough for piping?

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

    • Charmaine 31 October 2013 — Post Author

      Hello! glad you like this! yep, it’s considered butterream frosting. You can absolutely add colouring (go slow and add a little at a time), and for piping/swirls, I would reduce the amount of milk used to make a “firmer” frosting. Try it and let us know how it goes!! 🙂

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