Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients for Cupcakes (this will make 12 muffin sized cupcakes)

6 oz Baking Margarine

6 oz Caster Sugar

3 Eggs

6 oz Self Raising Flour

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for the Buttercream

250g Butter

500g Icing Sugar sifted

Method for Cupcakes

Cream together the margarine and sugar until they are pale, light and fluffy. Add in your eggs, great tip here is to add a spoonful of flour when you add in each egg so the mixture doesn’t split. Once you have beaten in all of the eggs, add in the flour and combine. Lastly, add in the vanilla extract, and thats it – you now have the basic vanilla cupcake recipe.

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I put into muffin sized cupcake cases, about a tablespoons worth of mixture.

Bake at 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2 for about 30-40 minutes. I bake at a low temperature for a bit longer so I always get a nice flat topped cupcake. If you bake on a high temperature for only 20 minutes, you will find that you will get domed topped cupcakes.

Bake until they are  a pale golden colour on the top. Pop a sharp knife in the middle of the cake to make sure that it is cooked through. If the blade comes out clean then it is cooked. If you find there is a little bit of wet mixture on the knife, then pop the cakes back in the oven for a further few minutes and check again.

Whilst your cakes are baking, you can be making the buttercream.

To make the buttercream, combine 250g soft butter with 500g sifted icing sugar. You may need to add in a splash of milk in order to get the consistency you require.

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Once your cakes have cooled – start to decorate. Use a piping bag, a spatula or any other way you wish. Experiment with piping and different nozzles. I might do a separate blog post on nozzles and what shapes you can pipe with them.

Once you have added the buttercream, you can then add on any additional toppings / sprinkles or any other decorations you wish. This is a fab basic cake to make with the kids. You can always omit the buttercream, and instead make up lots of different coloured water icing for the kids to use to decorate – lots of messy fun – I love it and the kiddies will too. Enjoy!

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