Easter vanilla cupcakes recipe

with mini eggs in pink gingham cupcake boxHaving recently been to the Cakes4Fun cupcake course in Putney, I have continued to use their vanilla sponge and vanilla buttercream recipes. The sponge is light and the frosting is yummy! This time I made a mistake to use Lurpak spreadable butter as the icing wasn’t stiff enough. Next time I will definitely stick to the butter blocks as this tends to give a better result. I made these cupcakes for my friend’s birthday and she was over the moon with them. They make great pressies when you put them in a professional looking cupcake box. I bought this pink gingham one from Cakes Cookies and Crafts. See below for the Cakes4Fun vanilla cupcake recipe. Have a lovely Easter everyone!

Cupcake sponge (makes about 10)

  • 125g castor sugar
  • 125g margerine
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk as needed

Vanilla buttercream:

  • 125g soft butter (use salted)
  • 250g sifted icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of water as required

Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate Easter cupcakes

Today I made the Hummingbird Bakery chocolate cupcakes and then added some Cadbury’s mini eggs to give them an Easter twist! I haven’t tried one yet as I’m saving them to give to my family tomorrow but they certainly look the part! I used Marks and Spencer muffin cases for the first time but they seemed to totally fall apart from the sponge.  I will have to try using them again to see if they needed more sponge mixture in each casing.  The Hummingbird Bakery recipe says it makes 12 but I struggled to make 10, 9 is probably more realistic.  Also, it says to use 300g of icing sugar but I found halving this quantity yielded more than enough icing.  So more experimentation to be had with different cases and quantities!

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