This is my recipe for basic vanilla cupcakes. The recipe makes 12 to 14 standard sized cupcakes. There really easy to make and really tasty. They can be finished with any colour buttercream and any decorations. However, you choose to decorate them is very much up to you and they will always look stunning. There great for presents, celebrations or just a treat just for yourself.
The buttercream that I use for this recipe is also a fairly standard recipe that I use as a base for the majority of my cupcakes. Generally I find that 250g butter and 300g icing sugar will make enough buttercream for at least 14 individual cases with a little left over... for the chef of course! :)
When you first cream the icing sugar and the butter together to make the buttercream, place a tea towel over your mixer. This prevents the icing sugar and its cloud of dust from covering your kitchen. Trust me it's worth it.