Easy cupcakes

Personalise these easy cupcakes with your own flavours and pretty crystallised flowers
By Celia Plender
Easy cupcakes
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  • Serves: Makes 12 cupcakes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 150 g butter, softened
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 150 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the frosting:

  • 75 g butter, at room temperature
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a selection of food colouring, choose your favourite colours

To decorate:

  • crystallised flower petals, (optional), See Cook's note
  • sprinkles, (optional)
  • silver balls, (optional)
  • hundreds and thousands, (optional)
  • sweets, (optional)

Tips and Suggestions

Crystallised flower petals are simple to prepare. Brush organic, pesticide-free edible flower petals such as roses, lavender and pansies with a little egg white, then sprinkle with caster sugar and allow to dry out for a couple of hours.

For more cupcake decoration ideas, visit our cupcake recipe collection


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.

3. Gradually mix in the beaten egg alternating with the flour to stop the mix from curdling. Finally, stir through the vanilla extract and milk.

4. Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between them.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

6. For the frosting: In a mixing bowl beat the butter with a spoon or spatular until smooth, then start to sift in the icing sugar, stirring regularly. Add the vanilla extract and milk. The frosting should be light and creamy.

7. Mix your chosen food colouring colours into the icing to give an even colour.

8. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, spoon or pipe the icing onto your cupcakes and finish with your chosen decorations. Then allow to set for at least 30 minutes.

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