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Basic Muffin Recipe

The BEST Basic Muffin Recipe! This is the perfect soft & fluffy starting point for bakery style muffins! 
Be sure to check out the how-to VIDEO at the bottom of the recipe! 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bakery style muffin, best muffin recipe, how to make muffins, muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time (optional) 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 222kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted 57g
  • 1/4 cup canola oil 60ml (you may substitute vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 large egg white room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 120ml (click link for buttermilk substitute)
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 220g
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch cornflour UK
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite add-ins: Chocolate chips, frozen fruit, nuts, etc.
  • Additional sugar for sprinkling optional


  • Combine the melted butter and canola oil in a large bowl and stir well. Add sugar and stir again to combine.
  • Add egg, egg white, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are well-combined, then stir in buttermilk.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet, taking care not to over-mix. Once the dry ingredients have been about half-way stirred into the wet, stir in add-ins (if using) and continue to fold in to batter until just combined.
  • Cover bowl with a dry towel and allow batter to rest for 15-60 minutes*
  • Preheat oven to 425F (215C) and line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Once oven has preheated, portion batter into prepared tin, filling each liner at least 3/4 of the way full.
  • If desired, sprinkle tops generously with sugar and transfer muffin tin to preheated oven. 
  • Bake on 425F (215C) for 8 minutes and then, without opening the oven door, reduce the oven temperature to 350F (175C) and bake another 12 minutes, or until tops are just beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!



*This is optional, it helps give the muffin tops a higher rise but you can put them straight in the oven without waiting even 15 minutes and they'll still taste delicious.  Ideally you would let the batter set at least one hour, but I found 15 minutes gives me a decent rise (the muffins in the photographs were allowed 15 minutes) while still not dragging out the process too much.  


Serving: 1muffin (excluding calories from add-ins) | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg