vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes

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Vanilla cupcakes

Makes: 8
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes plus 12 minutes baking

My kids always want to make cupcakes: I guess they are really easy, come in handy individual portions and you can jazz them up with fun decorations if you want to. I realised though, that we’ve never made just plain vanilla cupcakes – the simplest recipe you can get.

I think, traditionally we should have made them with a nice, clean white icing but when you’re making things with kids, it’s hard to resist colourful icing (which explains the pink)! We used a vanilla frosting, but if you find that too sweet, they’ll work just as well with a cream cheese frosting. If you’d rather make a cream cheese frosting, check our recipe for Easter chick cupcakes.

Ingredients

120g (1 cup) plain / All-purpose flour
140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, softened
120ml milk (whole milk if possible)
1 egg, large
¼ tsp vanilla extract

For the vanilla frosting

250g icing /confectioners sugar
80g butter
25ml milk
a few drops of vanilla extract

Method

Preheat your oven to 170C / 160C Fan / 330 F and line a muffin tin with paper cupcake cases

Mix the dry ingredients

Get your kids to measure the flour and caster sugar and add them to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer.

While they are doing that, add the baking powder and salt.

Add the butter into the flour and sugar and mix it together using the k paddle of your mixer or a handheld mixer (or your fingers) until you have a sandy/breadcrumb texture.

Add the wet ingredients

Get your kids to measure the milk. The easiest and most accurate way of doing this is using the ml setting of your digital scales if you have them. Pour the milk into your mixing bowl.

Add the egg – get you kids to crack it first into a separate bowl in case they get any shell in, then add it your mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract while they’re doing this.

Bake the vanilla cupcakes

Mix everything together until you have a nice smooth batter.

Fill each of your cupcake cases with batter until they are about ¾ full. We used our ice cream scoop to do this job, and it worked really well – just the right amount and the shape of the scoop meant we hardly spilled a drop!

Bake the vanilla cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They’re ready when they have risen, a turned a nice golden brown. You can check using a metal skewer – poke it in the middle and if it comes out clean, they’re definitely done. Ideally they should have a nice flat top. You might need to turn your tray in the oven half way through if one half is cooking faster than the other.

Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool in their tray for a few minutes. After that, take them out the tin and leave them to cool fully on a wire rack.

Make the vanilla frosting.

Mix the icing sugar, and butter in a large bowl or free-standing mixer. Do this slowly at first so the icing doesn’t go everywhere!

Slowly add the milk and a few drops of vanilla extract. Turn the speed of your mixer up and leave it mixing for 5 minutes or so. The longer you mix it the softer and fluffier it becomes.



 

Decorate the cupcakes

Either pipe the frosting on to your cupcakes or use a pallet knife or knife to spread the icing on top. If you and your children want, you can also add sprinkles or any other decoration you like.

Enjoy.

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Vanilla cupcakes

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon tea
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: cupcakes
Servings: 8
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 120 g (1 cup) plain / All-purpose flour
  • 140 g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 120 ml milk whole milk if possible
  • 1 egg large
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

For the vanilla frosting

  • 250 g icing /confectioners sugar
  • 80 g butter
  • 25 ml milk
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 170C / 160C Fan / 330 F and line a muffin tin with paper cupcake cases

    Mix the dry ingredients

    • Measure the flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder and add them to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Give it a good mix until it resembles sand or a fine breadcrumb.

    Add the wet ingredients

    • Measure the milk. The easiest and most accurate way of doing this is using the ml setting of your digital scales if you have them. Add the milk into your mixing bowl.
    • Add the egg and vanilla exract to your mixing bowl.

    Bake the vanilla cupcakes

    • Mix everything together until you have a nice smooth batter.
    • Fill each of your cupcake cases with batter until they are about ¾ full. We used our ice cream scoop to do this job, and it worked really well – just the right amount and the shape of the scoop meant we hardly spilled a drop!

    Bake the vanilla cupcakes

    • Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They're ready when they have risen, a turned a nice golden brown. You can check using a metal skewer – poke it in the middle and if it comes out clean, they're definitely done. Ideally they should have a nice flat top.
    • Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool in their tray for a few minutes. After that, take them out the tin and leave them to cool fully on a wire rack.

    Make the vanilla frosting.

    • Mix the icing sugar, and butter in a large bowl or free-standing mixer. Do this slowly at first so the icing doesn't go everywhere!
    • Slowly add the milk and a few drops of vanilla extract. Turn the speed of your mixer up and leave it mixing for 5 minutes or so. The longer you mix it the softer and fluffier it becomes.

    Decorate the cupcakes

    • Either pipe the frosting on to your cupcakes or use a pallet knife or knife to spread the icing on top.

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    4 Comments

      • Yes, kids always seem to love making cupcakes, and I didn’t realise until recently that we’ve never made just a plain vanilla one!


    1. What a sweet recipe to share with your children. My daughter would just love to make these. I will print out the recipe and see how she fares! They are so great aren’t they for the children. I do not know a single child that does not like decorating them. Thank you so much for sharing them with #BakingCrumbs

      • Yes, cupcakes are great for kids – mine love making them. They’re really easy, and don’t take too long (which is important if you have the attention span of a 3 year old!)

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