Basic Fluffy Muffin

Basic Fluffy Muffin


This is the recipe for a basic muffin, it is so easy, so good and makes a great base for any combination of muffins you could ever imagine.


  • 4 ounces (113 g) unsalted butter (1/2 cup) softened
  • 5 ounces (142 g) granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces (284 g) cake flour (2 cups)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 ounces (227 g) buttermilk (1 cup) room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons sanding sugar (optional for sprinkling on top)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF – Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together your butter and sugar in a medium bowl with your mixer until light and fluffy
  4. Add in your egg and vanilla. Continue creaming until pale in colour
  5. While mixing on low, add in 1/3 of your flour mixture, then 1/3 of your buttermilk. Repeat two more times until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Fold in your desired mix-ins such as fruit, nuts or spices.
  7. Fill your liners all the way to the top with muffin batter. Top with more mix-ins if desired and sparkling sugar.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges begin to slightly brown and a wooden skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the muffin.
  9. Let your muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes then move them to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.