Vanilla Cupcakes

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  • 200g self raising flour
  • 50g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g Stork/butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Preparation Time:- 10 mins Cooking Time:- 35-40 mins

This is one of my most asked for recipes, fool-proof and flat-topped vanilla cupcakes!

The key to a flat, even cupcake is to bake low and slow. Instead of a high temperature for a short time, I do the opposite. I bake all of my cupcakes and cakes at 140°C for a longer time, so for these cupcakes I will bake for at least 35-40 minutes. The extra time in the oven is worth it when you see the end result. A lovely flat top perfect for decorating!

Once baked, these cupcakes stay fresh for 2-3 days. I would advice against keeping them in an airtight container as the cases may peel (for more about why cases peel and other cupcake conundrums, check out my blog here). Just store them in a cupcake box in a cool, dry room.

I find an easy way to put the mixture into the cases is with a large ice cream scoop. Like this one.

A step by step video on how to make these is below as well as my buttercream recipe.


Cream together the Stork/butter and caster sugar.


Add in the eggs and mix well.


Add in both the self raising and plain flour.


Finally, add the vanilla.


Using an ice cream scoop, divide the mix into 12 cupcake cases.


Bake at 140C for 35-40 minutes.

Leave to cool completely before decorating.

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream the butter on its own for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the icing sugar and mix well.
  3. Finally add in the vanilla and mix again.

I find if you add liquid such as water or milk to the buttercream, it becomes a bit too liquid and hard to pipe with. Keep these proportions and just keep mixing, it will come together nicely. If, once you’ve made it, it’s too stiff to pie with, microwave on 10 second bursts until you reach the desired consistency.

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Happy baking!

Britt xo

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