Vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes

Serves Makes 24
Time Cooks In30 minutes plus cooling
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 296 15%
  • Fat 17.6g 25%
  • Saturates 10.1g 51%
  • Sugars 27.4g 30%
  • Salt 0.2g 3%
  • Protein 2.1g 4%
  • Carbs 34.6g 13%
  • Fibre 0.3g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 225 g unsalted butter , (at room temperature)
  • 225 g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 250 g unsalted butter , (at room temperature
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 1 splash of milk , optional
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  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3.
  2. Line two 12-hole cupcake trays with paper cases.
  3. In a food processor or by hand, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. One-by one, crack in the eggs, making sure you beat each one in before adding the next.
  5. Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then add half the seeds to the mixture (save the remaining for the buttercream).
  6. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then pulse until just combined or gently fold together by hand.
  7. Using two teaspoons, divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden, cooked through and an inserted skewer comes out clean of cake mixture.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  10. To make the buttercream, beat the butter for a couple of minutes until light, then mix in the remaining vanilla seeds.
  11. Gradually sift in the icing sugar until smooth, loosening with a splash of milk, if needed.
  12. Either spoon into a piping bag and pipe over the cooled cupcakes or rustically spread over the icing using a spatula, then enjoy.