Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sunday Sweets #10 Best Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes are my go to for any event that requires cakes.  I love experimenting with different flavour cupcakes but for me the real benchmark of a cupcake baker is the simple vanilla.  Cannot beat it!  My personal favourite recipe is an adaption of the Hummingbird Bakery vanilla cupcake.  It produces a wonderfully moist, dense sponge and has never let me down.  The cupcakes you see in the images were made for a recent wedding along with a cutting cake.  The theme was silver and baby pink and for that little extra touch I coloured the sponge pink too.  Simple and elegant works best for me when volume is required.

80g unsalted butter at room temperature
280g caster sugar
240g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
240ml milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
a few drops of gel colour if you want to colour the sponge

Buttercream Icing:
60g unsalted butter at room temperature
50ml milk
500g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if you want pale icing)
a few drops of gel colour of your choice

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4
  • Line your muffin tin with cases
  • Cream the butter and sugar, you won't be able to fully cream due to the ratio
  • Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder
  • Add the milk and beat well
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each addition
  • Add the vanilla extract
  • Fill the cases 2/3rds full.  I use an ice cream scoop to make this easier
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden
  • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool
For the buttercream icing
  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl taking care not to cover your kitchen with a cloud of icing sugar
  • Mix until smooth and add colour as desired
  • Transfer to an icing bag and let your creativity take over
  • Decorate with whatever takes your fancy and finish with a dusting of edible glitter

The beautiful wooden rose tray was purchased from dotcomgiftshop and I think is just perfect for displaying cupcakes.



  1. so pretty! :Dx

  2. These look so pretty, I need to try this out but bet mine don't look as nice!

  3. Those cupcakes are not only look but they look delicious. I printed out the recipe. Thanks!

  4. Sarah I think we should meet up again so I can sample your amazing cakes!

  5. I can confirm that these cakes are amazing because I ate two yesteray mmmmmm xx


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