Classic cupcakes with butter cream with Helen Jessup

Classic cupcakes with butter cream

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  • Recipe course: Desserts

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Cupcakes are easy to make, but can look really impressive with a big swirl of icing and a few edible decorations. I love making them for birthdays and special occasions as they can be tailored to suit whoever you’re making them for. I like to make a vanilla sponge and then really go to town with the icing and sprinkles.


  • 225g Butter, softened
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • 225g Self Raising flour, sifted


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 4-5tbsp water (room temp)

  1. Place the butter & sugar into the mixer bowl
  2. Attach the K beater & set the machine running slowly
  3. Beat the butter & sugar together until pale & creamy
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time with the vanilla 
  5. Fold in the self-raising flour
  6. Spoon into cupcake cases & bake in a preheated 180C oven for approx. 18 minutes
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack before decorating

To make the butter cream: 

  1. Add the butter and half the icing sugar to the mixer bowl
  2. Attach the k beater
  3. Set the machine running very slowly and beat the butter & icing sugar together
  4. Add the remaining icing sugar to the bowl along with 2 tbsp water
  5. Beat until smooth and creamy, adding more water to get the desired consistency for piping

Top with buttercream & sprinkles.


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