Monday, 10 September 2012

How to bake... Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

These cupcakes are so delicious and cute. Perfect for when you're craving a sugar hit! Here's how to make them...

  • 110 g/ 4 oz butter/margarine, softened
  • 110 g/ 4 oz caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110 g/ 4 oz self raising flour
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk
      For the buttercream icing
  • 140 g/ 5 oz butter, softened
  • 280 g/ 10 oz icing sugar
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk
(Hundreds & Thousands are optional!)

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and line a 12 - hole muffin/cupcake tin with paper cases. 

2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.

3) Using a metal spoon, 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 about half full. You may have some mixture left over, in which case you can cook two batches of cakes. :)

4) Bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

5) To make the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and continue to beat until smooth.

6) Add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of milk, adding more if needed, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

7) Spread the buttercream onto the cupcakes (I like the be generous with it!) and if you want to add a bit of fun and colour, sprinkle on Hundreds & Thousands! :) 

Enjoy your yummy cupcakes! Let me know how you got on if you make them :)


  1. These are so adorable and I bet they taste great :)

  2. One word, YUMMM! lol X

  3. These look so yummy!!

  4. i really wanna bake cupcakes right now! these look absolutely amazing <3

    Alexa <3

    1. You should try them, they're soooo tasty :) xx

  5. These look amaze. Hello Great British Bake Off.