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5 from 1 vote

Vanilla Cupcakes

Perfect little cakes for kids of all sizes! Easy, fast, fun.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 375kcal



  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • 85 g egg whites
  • 165 g caster sugar
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • A splash of vanilla extract
  • Food colouring optional



  • Preheat the oven to 170c/150c fan
  • Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  • Place all the ingredients, except the milk, into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn the speed up to medium/high, and beat until no lumps of butter remain.
  • Add the milk, and mix on medium/high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Distribute the batter evenly between the paper cases.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, until the cupcakes are golden brown, and firm on top
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Place the egg whites and sugar into a heatproof bowl, and set over a bain-marie.
    I use the bowl of a stand mixer, to make everything cleaner and easier.
  • Stir gently over a medium heat until the sugar has all dissolved.
  • Whisk the meringue mixture for about 7 minutes, until cool and thick.
  • Add the butter, a little at a time, and continue whisking until the buttercream is smooth.
  • Once all the butter is incorporated, add the vanilla extract, and beat again to combine.


  • Colour your buttercream as desired, then transfer into a bag fitted with a large star piping tip.
  • Pipe in a continuous line, around the outside of each cupcake, spiralling inward.
  • When you reach the middle/top, stop moving, stop squeezing, and pull the piping bag directly upwards.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 832IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg