Vanilla Cupcakes

Happy New Year fellow bakers and readers, thanks for visting my first baking post of the new year.

Firstly, I want to show off a little, have a look at what my lovely mum bought me for Christmas. I would never have asked for such an expensive gift and it was a fab surprise!


I wanted to start off with a simple-ish recipe with my new mixer as I’ve never used one of these before and therefore not familiar with its speeds and paddles etc.

What you’ll need:

For the sponge (makes approx 12 cupcakes)IMG_1758

225g soft butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
Vanilla extract or essence

For the frosting

280g icing sugar
140g softened butter
Few drops of milk
Vanilla extract or essence
Sprinkles, if required, to decorate

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180Β°c. Prepare a muffin tin with paper cases.

Put the butter in a large mixing bowl, and add the caster sugar, flour, baking powder, essence and eggs (basically, chuck all your ingredients in the bowl together). Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until smooth and then divide between the cases equally.

Vanilla Cupcakes

This was the first bake with my new mixer and it might have been easier / better if I’d used the correct paddle. Durr! Read the instruction manual Lindsay!! πŸ˜‰

Bake for approx 15 – 20 minutes and leave to cool. Prepare your icing when the cakes are cool and ice/decorate as you like. Using an icing bag and icing a cake is a lot harder than it looks. Knowing where to start, in the middle, on the outside…..??

Vanilla Cupcakes

Until next time…enjoy and check out my Baking 101 post on all the things I learnt last year πŸ™‚

Vanilla Cupcakes

I really do need to take my photos with a decent camera, not my iPad as I can’t control the light and also there’s no flash on the iPad. The bottom right photo is the most true to life in terms of the colour.


  1. 3rd January 2016 / 10:46 am

    Ooh these cupcakes look delicious! And what a fabulous gift from your mum! I always coveted a decent mixer when I used to be able to bake so I know how thrilled you must be with it. Wishing you lots of very happy baking days! πŸ™‚

    • 3rd January 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thanks Hayley! I was a little over-whelmed to be honest, just got to make best use of it now πŸ™‚

  2. 3rd January 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Those look so pretty and delicious, such a great gift! I need to get a cupcake mold myself, because I made some for New Years Eve with my niece and they didn’t look right. πŸ˜‰

    • 4th January 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Ahh never mind. Practice makes perfect and you get to have more cakes πŸ™‚

      • 4th January 2016 / 8:56 pm

        Very true! The little ones definitely didn’t complain. πŸ˜‰

  3. 3rd January 2016 / 1:43 pm

    What a fab gift for you Lindsay πŸ™‚

    These look yum.

  4. 3rd January 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Great gift. Save a vanilla cupcake for me.

  5. 3rd January 2016 / 6:06 pm

    These look just lovely!
    And isn’t the mixer brilliant?! I still can’t get over how it takes so much of the “hard work” out of baking. And the icing is so much smoother…

    • 3rd January 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Would have been sooooo much better had I used the correct paddle…..durr! πŸ™‚

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