Added by Anna | Sun 12 Sep 2010 @ 20:38
Light, spongy vanilla cupcakes. The recipe is very easily scaled up to make bigger batches. These can be frozen prior to icing. The vanilla can be replaced with lemon zest or cocoa for a different flavour. For some reason, this recipe works better using plain flour plus baking powder than with self-raising flour.
100g softened butter
280g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
250g plain flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
Blend the dry ingredients with the butter in a mixer, using the paddle. (If doing this by hand, rub the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture is sandy).
Separately stir together the wet ingredients and slowly pour in with the mixer running until everythingís combined and smooth.
Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 170C for 15-20 minutes or until risen and springy. Fill the cases 3/4 full so they rise to a domed shape.
Allow to cool completely before icing.
QUICK VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
Beat together 250g icing sugar with 75g butter. Mix together 2 tablespoons of milk with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and add drop by drop until smooth (youíll need about 30ml in total). Turn up to high speed and whip for at least five minutes until very fluffy.
NB: Drape a tea towel over the mixer when you do the initial beating together of butter and dry ingredients. Prevents \"smoke clouds\" and sugar-clogged noses.