Cupcake Recipe

Cupcakes, also known as fairy cakes, are delicious, pocket-sized cakes. Follow this quick and easy cupcake recipe for a scrumptious, tasty cupcake.

  Time to cook

  Preparation Time: 15 mins.

  Cooking Time: 15 mins.

Total Time: 30 mins.


4 star rating based on 3090 reviews

Freshly Baked Homemade Cupcakes


100g butter or margarine
100g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour, sifted
2 eggs
¼ teaspoon baking powder (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (Electric oven | Electric fan oven 160°C | Gas Mark 4) and place 12 paper cases into a muffin tin.
  • Using an electric whisk, food processor or wooden spoon, beat the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before adding the next. Add the vanilla essence if using.
  • Carefully fold in the flour (and baking powder if using).
  • Alternatively, you can mix the ingredients together using a food processor. Use the pulse button to mix together in between adding the ingredients in the order above.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 - 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, check to see if the cupcakes are ready by inserting a cocktail stick into one of the cupcakes. If it comes out dry then the cupcakes are done. If not, then back in the oven for a few minutes more. Don't overcook the cupcakes otherwise they will dry out. Lift the cupcakes out of the muffin tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • For a simple icing topping, add a little water to some icing sugar until you have a smooth paste. When the cakes are cool, drizzle some icing mixture over the top. These cupcakes are best eaten on the day they are made.

  This recipe was last updated on 21 September 2009



14 Oct 2012

These are my Cupcakes!!


  julane keen

27 Aug 2012

lovely and easy recipe and the kids love making them would recommend them to anyone to try.

julane keen


25 Jun 2012

I am 13 and i found this recipe really good and easy to make!



27 May 2012

lovely recipe and i made cakes for my school competition and for my family .

  Esme and Ellie

06 Apr 2012

Me and my little sister Esme did this recipe and it was great success smiles all round

  Millie Acton

30 Mar 2012

Here are my crazy Easter cupcakes!-

Millie's easter cupcakes


19 Mar 2012

Try putting Nutella or just chocolate spread on for extra taste


14 Feb 2012

Me and my friend are 10 and 11 and we both made these cupcakes today and yesterday they are delicious


04 Feb 2012

Easy recipe, great results! The kids love it, and they are the most honest judges in the whole world, lol!

Ann's cupcakes


29 Jan 2012

Wow, amazing recipe AND it's free!


07 Nov 2011

These cupcakes were great to make with my little bro! And we made them all by ourselfs!


03 Nov 2011

This recipe was quite useful as i had forgot how to make cupcakes! Silly me.


23 Oct 2011

This is a fantastic recipe. Very easy and delicious! Being new to baking, I needed an easy recipe and it works every time.


22 Oct 2011

I have made hundreds of cupcakes with numerous recipes but I must say that yours is easy and very successful. I will always use this one in future!

  Frankie Ellie Hannah

27 Aug 2011

Very easy to make and are a delight to eat we wanted more!!!!!


16 Jun 2011

Ur cupcakes recipe is very, very good. I had fun making cupcakes with my family. I am pleased - normaly thats hard for me to say!


16 Jun 2011

I love your cupcakes recipe

  linda donnelly

12 Mar 2011

Really light and fluffy, the best one I have found.


06 Mar 2011

I am only 10 and it was easy to make! yummy!


05 Feb 2011

Brilliant recipe, made these for myself and other members of the family and they all want more!!

  ann muir

12 Mar 2010

This is an excellent recipe. I have tried other sponge recipes but this one seems infallible.

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