Monday, 9 January 2012

Basic Vanilla Cupcake

Here is the recipe for my basic vanilla cupcake that is a good starter to add flavours to and a good starter for the beginner cupcake maker.

This recipe makes 6 deep filled cupcakes.


  • 70g self raising flour
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 70g of soft butter (I use stalk as its great for making cakes)
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 medium egg (YES, only 1 egg, anymore and your mixture will be too eggy)
  • 1 cap of vanilla flavouring (I use extract NEVER essence)


A lot of the recipes I read say you need to sift this and whisk this and I have never done that and my cupcakes always turn out light and moist.

  • Pr-heat the oven to 180 or gas mark 3.
  • Prep your cupcake tin with cases. I use a silicon tin with Cath Kidston cases, perfect size and easy to remove. Gives you a deep american look instead of a shallow fairy cake look.
  • I put my mixing bowl on my electronic scales and reset the scale.
  • I then add my flour... without so much as a shuffle from the bag. Then I re-set my scales.
  • I then add the sugar, very slowly... ontop of my flour. Dont go mad, add a bit at a time after 70g.
  • Reset the scale. You should have both the flour and the sugar in the bowl now.
  • Add the butter to the mix a little at a time. Then take off the scale and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Very simple all-in-one bowl method that just needs a good mix with your mixer.
  • Mix until all mixture is together and sides have been scraped.
  • If you are using a stand mixer, use a flexible beater, not the whisk attachment.

I bake my cupcake in an electric oven for 20-25 mins and they come out slightly browned and spring back when pressed. They should be soft, moist and fluffy inside and taste yummy!!
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  3. Looking forward to trying this recipe, love the all in one go method!

  4. Hi Nicola,
    Thanks for your recipes!
    I'm going to prepare a giant cupcake for my daughter's birthday.
    Could you please explain what is a cap? I know what a cup is but I don't think you meant that much vanilla...
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Rachel. Sorry this is a uk thing. A teaspoon is the same as a cap. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. :-)

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  6. I tried your recipe, saw it on and got raving comments and the best sales of cupcakes this past holiday. Thanks for sharing

    1. So glad you are enjoying the recipe. X