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Vanilla cupcakes


For the cupcake mixture

  • 120g butter, softened
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g self-raising flour

For the buttercream icing

  • 140g butter, softened
  • 275g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • A few drops of food colouring (optional)


  1. STEP 1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. STEP 2 Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and mix into the butter mixture along with the vanilla extract.
  3. STEP 3 Fold in the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are three quarters full.
  4. STEP 4 Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes. Then place on a wire rack.
  5. STEP 5 For the buttercream icing, beat the butter until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  6. STEP 6 Add the remaining icing sugar with 1 tbsp milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add food colouring (optional) and mix well.
  7. STEP 7 Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and add a nozzle of your choice. Pipe in a swirl motion and then enjoy!

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