The Classic Cupcake Recipe


Makes 12 regular or 36 mini cupakes

110g unsalted butter, at room temperature

225g caster sugar

2 large eggs, free-range or organic

150g self-raising flour, sifted

120ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon good-quality vanilla extract

Preheat the overn to 160°C (fan)/180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tray of three 12-hole mini muffin trays with the appropriate size cases.

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth, which should take 3-5 minutes using an electric hand mixer. Add the eggs, individually, mixing for a few minutes after each addition.

Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Pour the milk into a jug and add the vanilla extract.

Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until the flour and milk have been added.

Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake in the oven for about 25minutes (regular size) or 15minutes (mini size) until slightly raised and golden brown. To check they are cooked, insert a skewer in the centre of one of the cakes-it should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins for about 10 minutes before carefully placing on a wire rack to cool. Once they are completely cool, ice the cupcakes with vanilla, chocolate, or lime and coconut buttercream icing.

This is the basic cupcake recipe that can be easily adapted to make any flavour cupcakes you desire. Here are some ideas for different flavours for you to try:

Chocolate, Lemon, Carrot, Coffee, Orange & Cream Cheese, Lime & Coconut, Honey & Granola, Blueberry & Polenta, Pecan & Marmelade, Rose, Chocolate Liquer, Earl Grey, Mars Bar, Caramel, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter, Strawberries & Cream, Raspberry, White Chocolate, Ginger, Ginger & Fudge, Pumpkin, Spiced Cream Cheese, Chocolate & Banana, Chocolate & Orange, Cranberry & Orange, Peppermint Buttercream, Brandy Buttercream.