Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12 muffin cases

Prep time less than 10 mins

Cooking time 10-20 mins


2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g caster sugar
125g soft butter
125g self-raising flour
225g icing sugar
3tbs soft butter
2-3 tbs whole milk
1 tsp vanilla essence


Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Add all your ingredients to a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until mixture is smooth and paler in colour. If the mixture is not at dropping consistency add a 1-2 tbs of whole milk and combine. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases and divide the mixture evenly, I find an ice cream scoop works well for this to make them uniform. Half full is what you are aiming for. Cook the cakes for 15-20 mins or until golden and springy to the touch. Allow to cool on racks then blend all the icing ingredients together until smooth, transfer to a piping bag with nozzle and pipe your icing as desired. Top with hundreds and thousands, chocolate curls, smarties……etc, etc. Now, put the kettle, sit down and enjoy your yumminess!

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5 Responses to Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Those look really great. Bloody great decoration – as I find myself saying to lots of people on here, it’s much better icing than I can manage. Must be because I’m a fairly lazy guy who gets bored with it after a few minutes. haha.

  2. These look delicious! And I agree, your icing skills are amazing. Wish I could reach in and grab one to have with my cup of tea now!

  3. Philippa Kent says:

    I could smell them down the phone last Will bake them for my last day at work next week. X x x

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