Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This morning we took the lazy weekend approach and decided to make something creative. Now that Baby Z is more active in the kitchen we decided to make a batch of yummy home-made cupcakes. I have a stack of cooking and baking books but today I wanted to try a new one… ‘The very best Baking book for Children’ by Usborne. Baby Z daddy randomly buys me children related cook books, so I knew this one would be a nice one to start with.

All I needed was a simple recipe that could be randomly decorated by Baby Z later. So here is their Party Cupcake recipe.


125g Butter or Margarine

2 medium Eggs

150g Caster Sugar

200g Self-Rising flour

75ml Milk

1tsp Vanilla Essence


Royal Icing

Cold Water

Food Colouring



  1. Heat the oven to 180’c, put paper cases into each hole of the muffin tray (makes 12)
  2. Put the butter or margarine on a pan (or in my case microwave for 20secs) until softened
  3. Break the eggs into a cup and beat with a fork.
  4. Put the Sugar into a big mixing bowl, shift the flour and mix together. Add the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla essence and mix until smooth.
  5. Spoon the mixture into each paper case equally and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until risen and firm.
  6. Leave for 10 minutes then place them on a cooling rack – until completely cool.

To make the decoration:

  1. Place the royal icing sugar into a bowl and mix with cold water. Keep mixing until the consistency is thick but still manageable.
  2. Add food colouring to the icing and mix thoroughly.
  3. Using a spoon, add on to the top of the cakes to create different patterns. Then finish with any other fun edibles.

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We finished with topping each cupcake with a chocolate button and some smarties. Though Baby Z ended up taste-testing the toppings before some were allowed on the cakes. Well we have to follow the master-baker.

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