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Easy vanilla cupcakes recipe

Easy vanilla cupcakes recipe

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Master the best cupcake recipe with these simple vanilla delights. Fluffy, golden sponge is topped with a swirl of rich vanilla buttercream for an easy bake that will be the star of any birthday party, afternoon tea or bake sale. See method

  • Makes 12
  • 15 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook, plus cooling
  • 475 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

For the icing

  • 160g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    27g 38%
  • Saturates

    15g 77%
  • Sugars

    44g 49%
  • Salt

    0.2g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 58.5g Protein 3.6g Fibre 0.5g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk (or by hand with a wooden spoon) for 2-3 mins until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat briefly to combine. Gently fold in the flour and just enough milk to make a smooth batter that drops easily off the spoon.
  3. Divide the batter between the cases, then bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the buttercream icing. Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 4-5 mins until pale and fluffy.
  5. Swirl the icing over the cooled cupcakes to serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Tip: Leave plain or decorate these simple cupcakes however you like – try topping with fresh raspberries or strawberries, scattering over sugar sprinkles or grated chocolate, drizzle over caramel sauce or maple syrup, or swirl with lemon curd or jam.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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