Starting with the basics
Before you can head off and create the culinary creations of your dreams you will need to master the basics of a plain cupcake. You can flavour a cupcake with a variety of different taste sensations but the recipe for the standard cupcake base tend to be very similar. Basic cupcakes tend to come in either vanilla or chocolate.
Straightforward and easy to make this recipe will give you 12 delicious vanilla cupcakes to enjoy either plain, with buttercream icing or drizzled with sugar icing. Once you have mastered the base have a look in our inspiration gallery for some new ideas for decorating your cupcakes.
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- 110g butter (softened)
- 110g caster sugar
- 110g self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 tablespoons milk
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole tin with paper cases.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Then, beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Fold in the flour using a large spoon, preferably metal. Add a little milk until the mixture drops easily from the spoon.
4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Fill until they are half full. Be sure not to overfill the cases.
5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top. If you insert a skewer into one of the cakes it should come out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
Recipe credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cupcakes_937220