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Learn how to make these easy vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing. They're fun, colourful, delicious and super simple – great for baking with kids.

To make the cupcakes:

  • Beat together 110g softened butter and 110g golden caster sugar. Whisk in 2 large eggs, one at a time.
  • Add 110g self-raising flour, ½ tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Mix until just combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases.
  • Bake at 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 15 mins.
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To make the buttercream:

  • Whisk 150g softened butter, 300g icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract until smooth. Beat in 3 tbsp milk.
  • If you're using food colouring, add it now.
  • Spoon or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

See the full recipe for these easy cupcakes.

Looking for more simple baking recipes? Check these out next:

Mini lemon drizzle cakes
Easy salted caramel brownies
Classic Victoria sponge
Basic Bakewell tarts
Our best foolproof baking recipes

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What's your favourite easy bake? Let us know in the comments below...

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