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four muffins with vanilla flavor and sprinkled with icing sugar.

Easy Vanilla Muffin Recipe

Our favorite vanilla muffin recipe! It is simple, fast, sure to please anyone. And ready in about 30 minutes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword muffins recipes, vanilla muffin recipe, vanilla muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 266kcal
Author Adina


  • Muffin tin
  • Egg whisk


  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour 11 oz/ 325 g Notes 1, 2
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar 7 oz/ 200 g, Note 3
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk 10 fl.oz/ 300 ml
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar Note 4
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 4.4 oz/ 125 g


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line the muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Melt butter in a small pan. Let cool slightly until you need it.
  • Dry ingredients: Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl with an egg whisk.
  • Wet ingredients: Whisk buttermilk, red gel food coloring, eggs, vanilla extract, vinegar, and melted butter in a medium bowl.
  • Combine: Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture. Stir gently and shortly until just combined. Don’t over stir. If you want to add chocolate, berries, or nuts, carefully fold them in now (Note 5).
  • Bake: Scoop the batter into the cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Rest for 5 minutes in the pan. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.


  1. A digital kitchen scale will give you the most precise measure ensuring the best bake possible.
  2. I prefer cake flour when baking muffins; it makes them more tender. But plain/all-purpose flour is fine as well.
  3. Fine sugar would be perfect but granulated is ok too.
  4. Apple cider vinegar, red or white wine vinegar.
  5. You can fold in between ½ and 1 cup of chocolate chips (semi-sweet, white, chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate), nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.), or berries of choice.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg