Vanilla Cupcakes

A timeless classic and so easy to make!
These Vanilla Cupcakes are made using the basic weight ratios of the Traditional Victoria Sponge – essentially the weights of butter, sugar, and flour should be equal to the weight of eggs in the mix.
For these Cupcakes, I have used 3 large eggs, which most often weight around 170g. Try weighing your eggs first and see if I’m right! Match your weights to this weight and I promise you the lightest, fluffiest, best sponge you’ve made.

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170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
3 large free range eggs
170g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp full fat milk


12  Servings
 20  Minutes Preparation
 15  Minutes Bake
 20  Minutes Cooling

You will need a 12x cavity deep muffin tin,
lined with muffin cases

170°C Oven Pre-heated


Cream the butter and the sugar until almost white.


Crack the eggs into a jug and slowly incorporate into the butter and sugar, mixing all the time and adding a teaspoon of flour if the mix begins to curdle.


Gently fold in the remaining flour and baking powder.


Add the vanilla extract and a little milk (if required) to make a dropping consistency.


Spoon the mixture into a lined cupcake tin and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in their tins for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

“Use the best quality Vanilla Extract that you can afford for anything vanilla-flavoured.
You will taste the difference!”


Decorate with Classic Vanilla Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting and plenty of sprinkles! Or why not try tying this little gift up with a Sugarpaste Bow?

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Classic Vanilla Buttercream

Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugarpaste Bows

Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting