When I was little, about 11-12 years old, I used to sneak into the kitchen when my mum thought I was doing my homework, get out the icing sugar and butter and make a small bowl of buttercream icing. I’d then stand behind the door of the kitchen so as to be able to ‘hide’ if my mum came in, and I’d eat the whole thing with a spoon. Yup, give me a bowl of sugar and fat, and I’ll eat it. I will proudly admit that I can leave a chocolate bar and eat it over a number of days, I can have one biscuit and then give the rest away, and I don’t enjoy sweets, but, give me a spoon and I will devour anything unhealthy….. peanut butter, chocolate spread, blue cheese, any other kind of cheese….
So, as I think I’ve got across my point that I like buttercream icing, here’s my recipe for vanilla cupcakes. Don’t be put off by the colour – it’s that magic of food colouring and I was trying something.
To make 12, you will need:
80g butter (plus 60g butter for ICING!!)
150g caster sugar (I used golden but you don’t have to)
2 large eggs
110g plain flour
80ml milk (plus 30ml for ICING!!)
110g self raising flour
10ml of vanilla extract (or a whole teaspoon if you’re feeling generous)
250g icing sugar (for the ICING!!)
food colouring (if you wish)
Preheat your oven to 170 fan and line a baking tray with cake cases.
Soften the butter and mix it with the caster sugar until well combined. Break in the eggs and whisk again. Add the plain flour through a sieve, mix, and then gradually add the milk. Once mixed, add the self raising flour through a sieve with the vanilla extract.
Once all well mixed, spoon into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. It really is that quick and easy. As you can see from the photo below, I’ve made little ones as they are for children but to make the standard cupcakes you see in the shops, just add more mixture to each cake case!
Once baked, leave them to cool and crack on with the ICING!! (I’m stopping that now.)
Mix the softened butter with sifted icing sugar and the remaining 30ml milk. Add a few drops of your food colouring of choice, mix very very well and then spread over your cakes.
And with a bit of luck you’ll have some icing to spare….Beautiful.