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Method Prep:15min › Cook:15min › Extra time:15min › Ready in:45min
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in a separate bowl the eggs. Add a little of the eggs to the butter mixture and beat. Add flour and milk slowly and beat the mixture until smooth.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. (Another method to ensure they are properly cooked is to insert a cocktail stick into a cake - if it comes out clean - it's cooked).
Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To prepare buttercream: Beat the butter or margarine in a bowl to soften it. Add the icing sugar, boiling water and vanilla. Beat until the icing is very smooth. Ice each cooled cake using a piping bag. Decorate with cake decorations of choice.
You could halve the icing mixture and colour one half with pink food colouring and strawberry essence, then top with a red glace cherry.