Vanilla cupcakes

I’ve recently become obsessed with cupcakes – using a standard sponge recipe with 2 tsp best quality vanilla essence added.



8 oz organic white flour

8 oz caster sugar

8 oz unsalted butter

4 eggs

3 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbs milk


1) Cream butter and sugar.

2) Add eggs gradually.

3) Fold in flour, add vanilla essence and baking powder

4) Add milk.

Put into 18 cup cake cases and bake in an oven 180C for 15 minutes (keep an eye and use your judgement of baking sponges because I can’t remember how long I gave these – I have a glass door and can see how they are going!) When cool decorate with vanilla buttercream and cake decorations. (You can also experiment with putting jam in a syringe into the top of the cake before putting the icing on).


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