Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe by GeeDeeCourse: Cakes, Bakes and PastriesCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy


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A basic recipe for the ever favourite cupcake, which can be utilised for so many uses.Other variations in name from other countries include fairy cake; bun cake, and patty cake, but they all refer to a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminium cup.The earliest documentation of these little gems was in a book published in 1828 called ” Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” by Eliza Leslie.By the early 19th century, the “Cupcake” had two versions of description, a cake measured out by a “Cup”, and a cake baked in a “Cup”, this is the version that is referred to of today’s Cupcakes.


  • 110 g Butter softened

  • 110 g Golden Castor Sugar

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 110 g Self Raising Flour

  • For The Butter Cream

  • 150 g Butter Softened

  • 300 g Icing Sugar

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 3 Tbsp Milk


  • Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and fill a 12 cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
  • Beat together the softened butter and golden caster sugar, (You may want to use an electric beater here) until light and fluffy in texture.
  • Whisk the eggs, and slowly add to the butter mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl at intervals.
  • Add ½ tsp vanilla extract, and gently fold in the flour and a pinch of salt until just combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases.
  • Bake for around 15 mins or until golden brown.
  • Test the cakes with a skewer or similar to make sure they are fully cooked through.(The skewer should come out clean).
  • Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Buttercream
  • Make sure the butter is nice and soft(not melted) and add the icing sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
  • Combine all the ingredients by hand first to avoid a face full of icing sugar, then beat together until smooth. Now beat in the milk.
  • If you want to colour your buttercream now is the time to add your chosen colouring.
  • The buttercream is now ready to either pipe or spoon onto your cooled cupcakes.

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