There have been plenty of times when I’ve needed to whip up a batch of cupcakes quickly for playgroup, a play date or visitors and I don’t have a cake mix on hand. This Basic Vanilla Cupcakes recipe is quick, easy, foolproof and uses ingredients you’re most likely to already have in stock (oh, except the icing, I cheated here).
200g unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup caster sugar
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced oven. Line your muffin tin with patty papers.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, vanilla and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after you add each egg. Don’t worry if the mixture separates, this is normal. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl if required. Stir in half the flour. Stir in half the milk. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk until combined.
I used 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pans and so I used approx. 2 level tablespoons of mixture for each. With these size muffins bake for 15 minutes to 17 minutes. Alternatively, if you are using 1 tablespoon-capacity mini muffin pans, use approx. one tablespoon of mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
The cupcakes should be ready when they look brown and a skewer comes out clean. Stand the cupcakes in the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
Add the icing when completely cooled. I cheated and used an icing mix where I just had to add butter but here’s a link to a lovely lemon icing.
I loved watching the littlies at playgroup enjoying these vanilla cupcakes and I too enjoyed the two I scoffed after they were iced…I needed to do a taste test!
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