Very Vanilla Cupcakes

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This is my first cupcake post on the blog so I thought I would start with your basic vanilla cupcake. Except these are my very special, Very Vanilla Cupcakes!

very vanilla cupcake

Can you see the vanilla in the buttercream? That is what makes these cupcakes, very vanilla cupcakes. I use vanilla essence and a vanilla pod in the cake and the buttercream! Can you handle that much yummy vanilla flavour?

very vanilla cupcakes

I decided these cupcakes would be an excellent place to start because they use a basic 12 cupcake recipe. You could easily make any cupcake starting from here by just adding different flavours. For example you could add cocoa powder to make chocolate or you could add some caramel to make yummy caramel cupcakes.

very vanilla cupcakes

This is also a good recipe if you are wanting to make decorated cupcakes. I often give boxes of cupcakes as a gift, you can do that simply, like in the picture above or if you do like to cake decorate you can go as fancy as you like!

very vanilla cupcakes

The cupcakes above are my Very Vanilla Cupcakes decorated and given as a thank you gift.

very vanilla cupcakes

Now that I’ve rambled on for a while I will share the recipe with you. 🙂 These really are the best vanilla cupcakes. I hope you enjoy making the recipe below, let me know what you think! 

Lianne x

Very Vanilla Cupcakes
Yields 12
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For the cupcakes
  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 175g light brown sugar (you can use regular caster sugar if you prefer)
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 175g self-raising flour
  5. 2 tbsp milk
  6. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  7. seeds of one vanilla pod
For the buttercream
  1. 200g unsalted butter
  2. 400g icing sugar
  3. 2-3 tbsp milk
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. seeds of one vanilla pod
To make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan oven and line a 12 serving muffin pan with muffin/large cupcake cases.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into the bowl of your mixer and beat until smooth, add the eggs, vanilla extract and seeds and beat again until smooth and well combined.
  3. Take the bowl from the mixer and fold in the flour, if the mix is a little thick fold in the milk.
  4. Divide the mix between the cake cases and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool.
To make the buttercream
  1. Beat your butter for a couple of minutes, slowly add the icing sugar until it's all mixed in. You might need to add the milk depending on the consistency, then add the vanilla extract and seeds. Beat for another 5 minutes, this might seem a long time but the longer you beat it the lighter and fluffier it is!
To assemble the cupcakes
  1. Put the buttercream into a piping bag with a tip of your choice and pipe a pretty swirl onto each cake.
  2. Eat and enjoy!
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  1. Abby says:

    That frosting looks so good! Vanilla is one of my fave flavors (I mean who doesn’t love vanilla??) and I cannot wait to try this. I’ve been meaning to bake cupcakes this week, so I guess this post making me crave for cupcakes was the perfect motivator!
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