This is my fave recipe for cupcakes (and I use it for larger butter cakes too). They HAVE to have real vanilla paste in them (from supermarket or specialty grocer) and PINK icing, or they are just not as good …

• 125g butter, softened
• 3/4 cup caster sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 and ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
• 1/2 cup buttermilk or milk
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl on medium-high speed until pale and creamy.
2. Add eggs in 2 batches, scraping down the sides of bowl and beating well between additions (if egg is added too quickly batter may curdle, causing a coarse, heavy, dry-textured cake).
3. Add half the flour and stir gently to combine. Add half the buttermilk and stir until combined (adding half the flour and milk together can cause a lumpy batter). Repeat with remaining flour and buttermilk.
4. Place large spoonfuls into muffin cases. Bake for 15 minutes or until cakes are risen and golden. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

Pink Icing:

Melt a tablespoon of butter in microwave safe bowl. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract), a couple of drops of red food colouring and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix together then add icing sugar by the spoonful until it reaches a thick but spreadable consistency. Using a knife, smooth icing onto cakes and sprinkle with coloured sprinkles.

I guarantee you will fall in love with these vanilla cakes, they are my very favourite sweet treat. Bon Appetit!

This image was featured in the group Recipes in March 2009. Also featured in In the Pink, thanks moderators!


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  • Leeo
    Leeoover 5 years ago

    Looks great too!

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    yummy. You are a domestic Godess. I may need some cupcakes in April. Are you up for the job?

  • Absolutely. How many??

    – Barb Leopold

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Mmmmm indeed. And pink too. Perhaps it’s as well it’s too far for the dogs to swim…
    Looks delicious, sounds divine.

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    We’ll talk luv. I’m after baby cupcakes.

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 5 years ago

    Looks lovely and sounds lovely :)

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 5 years ago

    Burp!! i have just eaten my monitor.

  • Paola Svensson
    Paola Svenssonover 5 years ago

    Mmm… I want it now… lol
    Thanks for the recipe. Great work!

  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago


  • Sheila  Pasket
    Sheila Pasketover 5 years ago

    very pretty frosting….love cupcakes!

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Yummy !

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