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Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Cooling: Half an hour to an hour Decorating: 15 minutes

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12 cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes.

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  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 175g butter
  • 175g sugar
  • 200g self- raising flour (10g less if adding cocoa)
  • Little bit of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

Buttercream Icing

  • 2tsp strawberry flavouring
  • 70g softened butter
  • 1tsp red edible food colouring
  • Small white decorating balls
  • 100g icing sugar


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the milk and vanilla essence.

  3. Crack the eggs in a jug and mix them. Slowly pour them in to the mixture and mix while adding them.

  4. Sieve in the flour and baking powder in, then mix until light and fluffy.

  5. Spoon the finished mixture into cupcake cases and cook at 180 degrees or gas mark 6 or 7 for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and bounce back up when you press lightly on them. Leave to cool.

  6. Mix together the icing sugar, butter, colouring and strawberry essence until thoroughly mixed. Get a piping bag and swirl on until you think there is enough. Add the small balls.

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