Vanilla cupcakes

19 February 2013

These lovely cupcakes are easy to bake and fun to decorate.

Why not have a competition for whose cupcakes are the best decorated? You could try edible glitter, sugar shapes or sprinkles - or different food colouring for the frosting.

Ingredients

For the cupcakesYoung girl with decorated cupcakes
110g/4oz butter or margarine
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1 - 2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream icing
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1 - 2 tbsp milk
A few drops food colouring

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top.
  5. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
  6. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  7. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  8. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.
  9. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.


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