Basic Vanilla Cupcakes

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
3 eggs
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!

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Comment with Facebook