:: Basic Cupcake Recipe

February 20, 2009 at 9:52 am 15 comments

I have never seen a better reaction from one item of food in all the time I have been cooking.  When a plate of cupcakes enter a room, eyes light up, people make strange noises, and adults are quickly reduced to children when they have to make their selection!

If the Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes were a bit too rich and heavy for you, you may be more interested in these regular cupcakes.  This is the recipe we used and is really easy to throw together.

Basic Cupcake Recipe

This recipe again comes from aunt Erica, and is adapted from her fairy cake recipe.  If you are making these to decorate with kids, and want to limit the time it takes to put everything together, it may be easier to make the cupcakes ahead of time.

Makes approximately 8 cupcakes.
175g of self raising flour.
110g of caster sugar.
1 teaspoon of baking powder.
110g of soft margarine or butter.

2 large eggs.
50ml of water/milk.

For the butter cream frosting:
170g of softened butter.
225g of icing sugar.

Preheat the oven to 180oC and line a cupcake tray with paper cases.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center of the bowl and break in the 2 eggs and add the butter in small pieces.  Using an electric hand mixer beat all the ingredients together until combined.  Add in half the milk/water and beat again until combined.  You are looking for the batter to be light and creamy.  Add the rest of the liquid if you need it- you may not.
Divide the batter evenly into the paper cases and place in an oven for 15-20 minutes or until firm and light brown on top.
Allow to cool on a wire rack before applying the frosting.
In a bowl beat the butter and add the icing sugar bit by bit until it is all incorporated.  At this point you can separate the frosting into a few different bowls and stir through different food colourings.  Spoon the frosting into an icing bag and ice away!  Let your imagination go wild!

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Entry filed under: cake decorating, cupcakes, dessert, egg, frosting, milk.

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  • 1. eatersregret  |  February 20, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this recipe, the only time I’ve tried to make cupcakes (disastrously) the icing went all wrong, because of silly recipe I had. Am going to follow this one next week, will report back on success or failure 😉 LinziMG

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  • 2. Anonymous  |  February 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Can you double check the instructions? There’s a mention of chocolate chips which was apparently copied and pasted from the Oreo recipe. It might also make sense to list all the dry ingredients first, since the first thing we have to do is mix them all together.

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  • 3. Donal  |  February 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Hey Eatersregret!Hopefully this one works out for you! Let me know! 🙂Hey Anonymous!Apologies for that- changes now in place.

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  • 4. La Table De Nana  |  February 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    The little girl is so cute! I am as intent w/ a pastry bag:)Cute post!

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  • 5. creativecarryout  |  February 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    What fun photos! Thanks for the recipe.Michellehttp://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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  • 6. Donal  |  February 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Hey La Table De Nana!Ah thanks- she was concentrating so hard. 🙂Hey Michelle!No probs! Cool blog!

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  • 7. finsmom  |  February 20, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I love seeing a little baker so hard at work! I bet she was very proud (and you too!) 🙂

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  • 8. Angela  |  February 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, what awesome photos! You really captured the magic of cupcakes. I love this!

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  • 9. Kieran  |  February 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    So impressed, Donal. Great photos as always, and it looks like so much fun!

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  • 10. Donal  |  February 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Hey Finsmom!She was so proud! Was showing them off big time! 🙂Hey Angela!Awww thanks- glad you think so! 🙂Hey Kieran!Thanks a mill we had a ball- and she loved making them!

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  • 11. Culinary Cory  |  February 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Are cupcakes as popular over there as there are here in the states? It seems like everywhere I turn, cupcake shops are popping up on every corner.

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  • 12. Derval  |  March 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi Donal, tried your simple recipe & they turned out a treat – delicous. Now I'm going to try make bigger ones in muffin cases – can you advise me re cooking temps/times – so they are cooked all the way though…Would 20+mins at 160 be about right?tia

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  • 13. English Mum  |  March 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Your little helper is adorable! And where did you get all those great colours?!

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  • 14. Emilie  |  March 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    hello,I am willing to get in touch with you regarding a new website we are launching, called Fairy Cakes, and dedicated to…cupcakes of course!Would it be possible for you to send me an email so that I can explain everything 🙂Thanks a lot, I am looking foward to your email (emilie@cupcake.fr)

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  • 15. carrie @ bloomacious  |  September 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    my goodness – your photography is so beautiful it's half the fun just looking through your beautiful posts.

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