Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

    37 min

    Cupcakes are a fun and lovely birthday treat for children, as well as a pretty addition to an extra-special afternoon tea. These mini cupcakes are easy to bake in a muffin tray and can be decorated as you wish.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 100g cornflour
    • 140g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 200g sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 115g butter, cut into small cubes
    • 2 large eggs
    • 100ml milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • For the vanilla buttercream
    • 60g butter, room temperature
    • 375g icing sugar (more if needed)
    • 120ml milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • hundreds and thousands for decoration (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:17min  ›  Ready in:37min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
    2. Mix the cornflour, plain flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in large bowl with a spatula. Stir in butter cubes until they are well coated with the flour.
    3. Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla extract together in a tall container, such as a large measuring jug. Pour one-third of the egg-milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with the spatula. Add the remaining egg-milk mixture in thirds, and stir with the spatula until well combined. The batter will be very lumpy and the butter might remain together.
    4. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with the batter and bake in the preheated oven for about 17-20 minutes. After 10 minutes turn around the muffin tray so that the cakes bake evenly. Use a skewer to test if the muffins are done in the middle - when the skewer comes out clean, they are ready.
    5. Leave the muffins for 10 minutes in the tray and then cool completely on a wire cake rack.
    6. For the buttercream: Beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract alternately with the icing sugar and then mix at low speed into the butter until the cream is light and fluffy. If the buttercream is too thin, add more icing sugar a teaspoon at a time.
    7. Spread the buttercream over the cooled muffins with a knife. If desired, decorate with grated chocolate, dragees or even hundreds and thousands.

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