Basic vanilla cupcake recipe

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Vanilla Cupcakes

125g Unsalted butter (softened)
125g Caster sugar
2 Eggs (beaten)
125g Self raising flour
1 tsp Vanilla essence
Splash of whole milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • To soften the butter you could simply leave it on the side for an hour, but I always forget so I place it in a microwavable bowl and heat in 10 second bursts, removing and mixing each time. The aim is to soften the butter a little not to melt it. If the butter does melt a little, use a fork to mix it back together with the rest of the butter.
  • In a freestanding mixer cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla essence to the beaten egg then slowly add the mixture to the mixer.
  • Gradually add the flour while mixing on a slow speed.
  • Add the whole milk slowly while mixing by hand until the mixture falls easily from a spoon or spatula.
  • Set out the paper cupcake cases in cupcake tins and add the mixture.
  • Bake for approx 17 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

I use Vanilla Frosting on my cupcakes.

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