Cupcake recipes

by Zena-Marie on 28 May 2012

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Here are four fabulous cupcake recipes. Easy enough to make with kids, delicious enough to be enjoyed by adults. Below you will find recipes for plain, vanilla, lemon and chocolate cupcakes complete with buttercream recipes. For a picture tutorial on how to create perfect buttercream swirls click HERE.
Plain Cupcake Recipe


  • 125g (1 Cup) butter or margarine
  • 125g (1 Cup) caster sugar
  • 125g (1 Cup) plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 125g (1 Cup) butter
  • 250g (2 Cups) icing (confectioners) sugar

How to Make Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (Electric oven | Electric fan oven 160°C | Gas Mark 4)
  1. Beat the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Use an electric whisk or wooden spoon
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before adding the next. Carefully fold in the flour and baking powder.
  3. Divide the ingredients equally between 12 cupcake case and bake in the oven for 10 – 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, check to see if the cupcakes are ready by inserting a cocktail stick into one of the cupcakes. If it comes out dry then the cupcakes are done. If not, then back in the oven for a few minutes more. Don’t overcook the cupcakes otherwise they will dry out. When cooked through remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  4. Buttercream icing
  5. For a simple buttercream icing mix 125g (1 Cup) of butter with 250g (2 Cups) of icing (confectioners) sugar. Continue to mix until smooth. Then add to a piping bag and create beautiful buttercream swirls on your cupcakes. Click HERE for a picture tutorial on creating buttercream swirls


The above recipe is your basic cupcake recipe and will create delicious moist cupcakes. To create different flavoured cupcakes you just need to add your flavours to the above cupcake mix.


Vanilla Cupcake recipe

Make the plain cupcake mix as above. Mix in ½ tsp of vanilla essence before baking.

Vanilla buttercream icing

Make buttercream icing as per the instructions above and add in ½ tsp of vanilla essence


Lemon Cupcake recipe

Make the plain cupcake mix as above and mix in ½ of the zest of a lemon to the basic mix before baking.

Lemon buttercream icing

Make buttercream icing as per the instructions above and add in the remaining ½ lemon zest and 2 tsp of lemon juice.


Chocolate Cupcake recipe

Make the plain cupcake mix as above. Mix in 30g (1/4 cup) of coco powder and 1 tablespoon of milk before baking. For a more chocolate taste you can also add in chocolate chips.

Chocolate buttercream icing

Make buttercream icing as per the instructions above and add in 25g (1/4 cup) of coco powder or melted chocolate and a few drops of Vanilla Extract.


For more buttercream icing recipes click HERE

For a delicious Swiss meringue buttercream recipe click HERE

For a picture tutorial on how to decorate your cupcakes with  buttercream swirls click HERE


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Layla May 29, 2012 at 15:42

Absolutely lo❤e the cupcakes .


Zena-Marie May 29, 2012 at 15:46

Thank you so much. I’ve made them with my kids and they love them too. Hope you have fun if your celebrating the Jubilee this weekend.


HonestMum May 30, 2012 at 16:32

How divine. Thanks x


Zena-Marie May 30, 2012 at 17:05

That’s very nice of you to say. Thank you.


Bethan June 9, 2012 at 22:01

These look awesome, thanks for the recipe please check out my blog by clicking on my name above.


Zena-Marie June 13, 2012 at 10:19

Thank you so much. Love the recipe for strawberry muffins over on your blog. They look totally Yum :)


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zavera July 19, 2012 at 09:39

Just made these today and they are AmazinG. Thank you for such an awesome and easy recipe!


Katie March 6, 2013 at 18:18

im always told using flora in baking is the same as using butter or marge but my mix always turns out really heavy how can i stop this/what am i doing wrong-(fab cupcake recipie!) xx


Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:25

Hi, flora should fine in baking if your mix is too heavy you can always add a little baking powder. This will make the cakes rise a little more. Good Luck


Katie March 6, 2013 at 20:15

i just want to put forward an awesome fact- it really helped me!
if you put granulated sugar into a blender it turns to castor sugar and if you put castor sugar into a blender it turns to …
(have you seen my last comment?)
your recipes are amazing


Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:19

Thank you so much for sharing that. I love your awesome facts. If you have any more please share. Thanks for your comments and I’ll def be using your tip :)


aruni March 9, 2013 at 07:28

I love your recipe.Thank you so much


Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:08

Thank you so much


Katie March 27, 2013 at 21:41

How do you stop a runny cupcake mixture? Using flora doesn’t affect it does it?
Katie xx


raj giles August 1, 2013 at 17:23

can i use castor sugar instead of icing sugar


Zena-Marie August 16, 2013 at 10:57

yes you can use castor sugar. It wont be as smooth as icing sugar but there is nothing wrong with a little bit of texture.


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