Cupcakes are such a simple delight. This straightforward recipe is so cheap and easy to do. The best part is that cupcakes are delicious served either with a basic frosting or used as a base taste and jazzed up with extra flavours. Be as crazy as you like!
You Will Need
6oz/170g caster sugar
6oz/170g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla essence (for vanilla)
1oz cocoa powder (for chocolate cupcakes)
Beat the sugar and butter together until pale (I use a stand mixer however an electric hand whisk would also be suitable)
Add the eggs and whisk again (careful not to curdle the mix). Once you have a smooth mixture add the flour and vanilla essence or cocoa powder (whichever you’re using) and whisk again.
Place muffin cases into a muffin tin and spoon the mixture evenly between the cases.
Bake in the oven on Gas mark 5/190C for 10-15 minutes (or until springy and golden)
Allow to cool.
Decorate however you like and enjoy.
Once your cupcakes are cooled, try filling the centre with your favourite jam. Simply cut a hole from the centre, fill with a tsp jam and replace the cut-out piece. Frost over the top and enjoy the flavours of the delicious filling.
These cupcakes are a great base for any flavour of frosting.
With vanilla cupcakes you might try lemon frosting with a curd filling or a white chocolate frosting with a raspberry jam filling.
For chocolate cupcakes you can add chocolate frosting. You can jazz it up even more with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a pretzel.
You may also wish to vary the cupcake flavour altogether. To make a Bakewell flavoured cupcake, substitute the vanilla flavouring for almond, fill with a cherry jam and decorate with white icing and a glace cherry.