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Plain Vanilla Cupcakes

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Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Cooling time: 5-10 minutes

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6-12 cupcakes

Want to try something quick and easy? These cupcakes are simple to make and you can decorate them with a swirl of buttercream!

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For the cupcake mixture:

  • 120g butter, softened
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g self-raising flour

For the Buttercream icing:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk
  • A few drops of food colouring (optional)


  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 the eggs in a separate bowl and mix in along with the vanilla extract.

  3. Fold in the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are 1/4 full.

  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes. Then place on a wire rack.

  5. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

  6. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add food colouring (optional) and mix well.

  7. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and add a nozzle of your choice. Pipe in a swirl motion and then enjoy!

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Saman Zehra's picture
Saman Zehra
21st Jul, 2018
This is a horrible recipe. My cupcakes came out very greasy and depressed in the centre. Total waste of time and ingredients!
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Becky England
23rd Jun, 2018
Possibly the worst recipe I have followed no matter how many times I tried! Followed the recipe exactly 4 times and every time they sank in the middle and came out incredibly greasy, leaving oil all over the kitchen surfaces.
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Nisani Gunawardhana
20th Dec, 2017
An ok recipe, but makes more than 12. I put in 12, but they rose like crazy in the oven and spewed out of the sided, leaving the centre slightly uncooked. Ensure you only fill 1/4 can make maybe 16 or more
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ikran samatar
6th Dec, 2017
Omg I took these cupcakes to school and everyone loved them ten out of ten!!
26th Apr, 2017
Umm it was DELICIOS im only 10 but this recipe was the best thing ever love it 10/10
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26th Apr, 2017
You could add a a bit more stuff to make more CUPCAKES