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Vanilla Cupcakes

Simple, sweet and ever so utterly delicious: Mona Farrugia bakes cupcakes.

Vanilla Cupcakes


Main Ingredient Sugar
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time Less than 30 mins
Course Cake
Recipe Serves 12
Recipe Type Cake
Made lush and very New York by Sex and the City, cupcakes are one of those culinary masterpieces which are ridiculously easy to make, taste of nothing but fluff and sugar and yet are absolutely adorable. In fact, most of the time, I just want to make them and look at them, rather than eat them.

Unlike a huge percentage of cakes, cupcakes use more sugar than they use flour. The internet is awash with recipes but this is the easiest one I’ve managed to come up with. And it works. Even if you are an absolute beginner with no baking experience whatsoever, you can still dazzle with these pretty beauties.

Don’t forget the Manolos.
Do not use silicone individual muffin cups for this recipe because the shapes turn out really weirdly. Hearts, for example, become elephant trunks/penises.

Makes 12 delicious cupcakes


Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F or Gas Mark 3


You need:

280g caster sugar

80g unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

240ml whole milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

240g plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 quantity vanilla frosting


Hundreds and thousands or other edible sprinkles, to decorate


A 12-hole muffin tray, lined with cupcake paper cases

Beat the sugar with the butter until you have a fluffy cream.

Add the eggs, salt, milk and vanilla extract.

Add the baking powder to the flour. Mix lightly, then mix both with the above.

Spoon the mix into individual paper cups which you have placed in the muffin pan and bake for around 10-15 minutes until they are risen and golden.

When cool – and not before – decorate with the frosting.


Add a surfeit of beautiful decorations

Shopping Tips
Add a surfeit of beautiful decorations: Carrefour (aka Park Towers) have a great selection. If you're in Paris, go nuts at the Grand Epicerie


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November 22, 2010
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Tried them out this weekend! Simple and yummy!

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