I don't know the difference between vanilla and yellow cupcakes. I searched both recipes at allrecipes.com, and I found a few that had nearly the same exact recipe. I decided to use a recipe that was suggested on one of my posts on flickr.com because it claims to be "almost" like box mix, and my mom uses box cake mix in her "Better Than Sex" cake.
With all the toppings, the cupcakes were delicious.
If you decide to make these, I recommend using the "cone" method with regular sized cupcakes. Fill the cone with crushed pineapple (make sure to include the pineapple juice to make the cake really moist). Put about a spoonful or two of vanilla pudding on top of the pineapple. Finish with sweetened whipped cream, sweetened coconut, and coarsely chopped walnuts.