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4 May 2015

Vanilla Cupcakes With Buttercream Icing

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Light, fluffy vanilla cupcakes with melt in the mouth butter icing. Add sprinkles and decorative flowers to make them just a little bit fancy!

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 min
Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
Cupcakes:

150g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Chelsea Caster Sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 1/4 cups milk

Buttercream Icing:

100g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar
2-3 drops vanilla essence
1-2 Tbsp milk
Raspberries, sugar flowers or sprinkles to decorate.

Method
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 190°C or 170°C fan-forced. Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add the sifted flour, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth. Place paper baking cases in a cupcake tin, spoon in mixture until they are about 2/3 full (don't overfill or they will form peaks). This recipe makes 24 cupcakes so you might need to do this in two batches. Bake for 20 minutes until golden or until they spring back when lightly pressed. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool while you prepare the icing.

Buttercream Icing: Beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar, add the vanilla essence and milk until you have a light, fluffy mixture. Add extra milk if you need a softer consistency. Spread or pipe icing over cupcakes and top with decorations as desired.

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