Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Follow this quick and easy vanilla cupcake recipe for a scrumptious, tasty treat.

  Time to cook

  Preparation Time: 15 mins.

  Cooking Time: 15 mins.

Total Time: 30 mins.


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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)
75g butter
175g icing sugar, sifted


  • Make the vanilla cupcakes
    • 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.
    • 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 vanilla 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 vanilla cupcakes out of the muffin tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the vanilla butter icing
    • Using an electric whisk, food processor or wooden spoon, beat the butter until very soft.
    • Gradually add the icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence and beat into the butter until you have a smooth paste. When the cakes are cool, drizzle some vanilla icing mixture over the top. These cupcakes are best eaten on the day they are made.

  This recipe was last updated on 14 October 2010



09 Jun 2013

First ever cupcake made, delicious and fluffy...I will practise even more now.


11 Oct 2012

best tasting cupcakes I have made,look good too will take them to my friends tonight


01 Sep 2012

This cupcake recipe is great. they turn out delicious. plus the recipe is easy to follow.



25 Aug 2012

wow them cupcakes are amazing me and my friends ate them all up and made another batch the cakes were lovely and the iceing was fab!!!


20 Feb 2012

They are very good

  vanilla cupcakes

08 Dec 2011



10 Nov 2011

Great little cakes !!

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