My lovely daughter Tilly turned 1 yesterday. I’m sure all you Mums out there can relate when I say… Where the hell did the time go?! I can hand on heart say it has been the greatest, most challenging and incredibly amazing year of my life and I wouldn’t change her for the world. She makes me a better, stronger person & I truly love her for it. Naturally a person as great as this deserves some pretty great cakes for her birthday! These simple, vanilla party cupcakes are ideal when you’re up against it with time, money & energy. And seriously, who doesn’t like vanilla?
Here is what you will need to make 14 – 16.
For the Sponge
- 80g Unsalted Butter, room temp
- 280g Golden Caster Sugar
- 240g Plain Flour
- 1 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 240ml Whole Milk, room temp
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs, room temp
For the Frosting
- 400g Icing Sugar
- 200g Unsalted Butter, room temp/cubed
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsp Milk
- Cupcake/Muffin Tin
- Cupcake Cases (I use Foil)
- Electric Stand Mixer or Electric Hand Whisk
- Piping Bag & Nozzle
NOTE: The ‘room temp’ thing is quite important if you want lovely light sponges. Ingredients blend much better when all at the same temperature. Also, use a good quality vanilla extract (like Nielsen Massey) it makes a huge difference to the flavour!
Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C and line a cupcake tin with cases.
In either an electric stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, beat together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder & salt on a medium to high speed until sandy in consistency.
Measure out the milk in a jug then add the vanilla & the eggs to it. Beat with a fork then add half to the bowl. Beat until smooth and thick.
Add the remaining liquid and mix again until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases until half full. If you have any mixture left over, make more cupcakes. Don’t add more to the ones you have already filled. I like to use an ice cream scoop & a teaspoon to do this.
Place into the centre of the oven and bake for 15 – 18 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If you have hot spots in your oven, you may like to turn the tray round two thirds of the way through the cooking time.
When cooked, remove the cupcakes from the tin & place on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
To make the frosting, sift the icing sugar into the bowl of an electric stand mixer. (Or a large bowl if you are using an electric hand whisk.) Then add the butter & the vanilla. Beat it all together on a low speed at first, (so you don’t end up in a mushroom cloud of icing sugar!) then build up to a high speed. Scrape the bowl down occasionally but keep mixing until the buttercream is very light & fluffy. At least 5 minutes. If you want to loosen the consistency, add a little milk and mix again until you are happy with it. Remember, it needs to be loose enough to pipe but still able to hold it’s own shape.
Load a piping bag up with your favourite nozzle then fill with the frosting. Pipe swirls on the tops of all the cakes.
If you want to pipe a rose, use a 2D drop flower nozzle and work in a circular motion from the middle, outwards. If you want to do a pretty swirl, use a 3M nozzle and pipe in a circular motion from the outside, inwards.
If you have a theme for your child’s party, you can buy printed wafer toppers at very cheap prices nowadays! Simply cut them out and place onto the top of freshly piped cupcakes. (I had Twirlywoos ones for Tilly.)
Store in a cardboard cake box and consume within 3-4 days.
And there you have it, your very own Vanilla Party Cupcakes! You can decorate them with anything you want or even leave them plain. Either way will look pretty on a party table! This recipe has been tried and tested by myself about a thousand times and it’s one I certainly stick by. I implore you to use good quality vanilla extract though, it really does make such a huge difference to the overall flavour. I know one little lady who agrees with me…
And once again I’d just like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter. I can’t wait to make more cakes for many more birthdays to come!
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time!