Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Vanilla cupcakes for two (recipe for only TWO cupcakes) :)

I like cupcakes.

Sometimes I want a cupcake. Stat.

….without having 11 leftover from the batch!

 I considered it my lucky day when I stumbled upon Jessica’s one bowl vanilla cupcakes for 2. that’s right. one bowl. two cupcakes. easy peasy.

These vanilla cupcakes are absolutely perfect!  Sweet, buttery, soft, fluffy and full of rich vanilla flavor. Perfect for sharing!  You can have fun with these and add any goodies into the batter like chocolate chips, funfetti sprinkles, etc.

I left mine plain inside but went to town with the sprinkles on top. 😉

Vanilla cupcakes for two (recipe for only TWO cupcakes) by

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Perfect to share with your sweetie!


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • frosting (I used storebought - you could also use leftovers from my homemade fluffy vanilla buttercream)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, melted butter, and milk. Add flour and baking powder and mix everything together well.
  4. Divide the batter between two cupcake liners and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely and frost/decorate as desired.

adapted from how sweet it is

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  1. April on August 19, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I added fresh strawberries in the cupcake batter and it tastes like heaven!

  2. John on August 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hey Sally!What kind of flour would be the best tasting for this cupcake?

  3. Wendy on August 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Hi! I’m doing a school project, to bake 4 cupcakes and I’ve decided to use your recipes 😀 I tried them at home and they tasted great! But I’m wondering if it would turn out any different if i used one whole egg for 4 cupcakes instead of two egg whites?

  4. Paige on October 25, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I just made these cupcakes yesterday and ate both so fast!! They were amazing!! 🙂 Great texture and taste. With that being said, I had a couple of questions.
    1. My cupcakes kind of sticked to the bottom of the cupcake liner. Is there anything that will prevent them from doing that next time?
    2. Although these were great- enough to eat them without frosting- do you have a recipe for frosting for 2 cupcakes (Or a little more, because who doesn’t love graham cracker-frosting sandwiches?
    Thank you so much for this recipe!! Loved it!

  5. Anna on January 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    No milk in the house, any way I can substitute it for anything else? 

  6. Audrey on January 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Hi! I’m doing a school project to see what ingredient changes a cupcake the most and I felt so bad to make a whole 12 cupcake batch. I was actually considering doing a different project until I saw this! I looked everywhere to find a 1 or 2 serving cupcake recipe and it was terrible. When I clicked on your website at first I doubted there was going to be a recipe, but in less than 2 minutes I found this and it is amazing! Thank you so much for making this easy 2 serving recipe and all of your other amazing and delicious recipes!

  7. Anne on March 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for the recipe, the cake is silky soft and delicious!

  8. nissa novas on April 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Sally. I am teaching myself to bake and am quickly becoming obsessed. I found your web site and just baked your yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  Outstanding! This recipe and your instructions on proper measuting addressed a few big problems for me and I am so excited and thankful for the things you share. Regarding filling the liners, you mention filling halfway or divide batter into 12 liners. Exactly how much batter do you typically use? 3 tablespoons? 1/4 cup? I am having a problem consistently filling each liner and get eaither too little of two much in the end. And regarding the liners, yours are always so pretty and bright and clean. Do you use one or two?  

    Thanks so much for your time and help!!


    • Sally on April 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

      It’s about 3 Tablespoons per cupcake (about 2/3 full) and I usually only use 1 cupcake liner. Are you using greaseproof liners? I get a lot of mine from here: A huge selection of fun colorful prints!

      • nissa novas on April 11, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        Ok. Thanks so much for the reply. I came across your suggestion for grease proof liners right after I sent the post. I am just waiting for them to arrive now 🙂

  9. Helen on May 8, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Found this the night before Mother’s Day…you get where I’m going? XD I added some red food coloring (one drop) and raspberry extract. I also plan to sneak in some raspberry jam, powdered sugar, or sprinkles SOMEWHERE…

    This. Is. Perfect. As the only person in my family who will routinely eat sweets, recipes like this one not only please the family (no more force-feeding!), but my diet as well. Thanks a million!

  10. Jenny on July 7, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Hi, did you use vanilla extract?

  11. Iris on July 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Hey! I really loved the idea of 2single cupcakes. It was stupider easy to make and I put them in ramekins instead of using liners. My only concern was that it really did come out tasting a little strange with a gelatin like texture. Any thoughts on that? Thanks!! I can’t wait to try other recipes ☺

  12. Aamna on August 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Can I double this recipe for 4 cupcakes? 

    • Linda on September 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Pls send me the recipe for small batch of Cream Cheese Chocolate cupcakes. I never bake for a crownd and do not understand why we do not have recipes for let say 2,3 or 4 people. We are 2. Everything on this computer has been frustrating since 1998.



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