Easy Cupcakes


This is a basic cupcake recipe. You can change the ingredients slightly to make different-flavoured cakes, or add all sorts of icings and decorations so every cake is a mini masterpiece!

Easy Cupcakes - Cupcake recipe
10 minutes
18 to 20 minutes
Best for
12 cupcakes


  • 110g butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs and vanilla and add to the bowl. Beat until just combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  7. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Fillings and Flavour Suggestions

You can add a filling to the cupcake by cutting a cone from the middle of each cake with a serrated knife. Fill the hole with jam, lemon curd or one of these fabulous fillings:

Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcakes

Fill each cake with 1 tsp seedless raspberry jam and ice with chocolate buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes

Fill each with 1 tsp lemon curd. Ice with lemon buttercream.

Caramel Cupcakes

Fill each with 1 tsp dulche de leche, ice with a single quantity of vanilla buttercream and top with sliced banana

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes

Mix 75g mascarpone with 2 tbsp double cream and quarter tsp vanilla. Put 1 tsp of this in the centre of each cupcake. Ice with chocolate buttercream.

Buttercream Icing Suggestions

For plain buttercream, beat 110g butter until soft, then beat in 110g icing sugar, a tablespoon at a time.

For vanilla buttercream, add half teaspoon vanilla extract and beat to combine.

For lemon buttercream, beat in 1 tbsp lemon juice- add 1 tsp at a time and taste after each addition.

For chocolate buttercream, beat in quarter tsp vanilla, 60g (2oz) melted and cooled milk chocolate and 2 tbsp cocoa powder.


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  • Please always send me updates of new recipes.

    30 Nov 2014

  • Simple and easy brill recipe I put popping candy in the butter cream! Ahaha

    28 Sep 2014

  • I am looking forward to making these cupcakes as soon as I get all the ingredients! Looking at the other comments these look very simple and easy to make! ( Plus absolutely scrumptious!!! )  I’d like to see more easy recipes so I will be looking!!! ( Sorry if any spelling mistakes! ) ; )

    19 Apr 2014

  • I loved making it and I loved eating . It was Soo good.  : ) : ) : )

    18 Feb 2014

  • The cupcakes turned out really yummy :)

    21 Jan 2014

  • It’s really an esy cupcake recipe as it says. I made it with lemon buttercream icing and it came out very tasty.

    28 Oct 2013

  • These were lovely. We don’t like our 18month old eating sugar so I replaced all the sugar with agave nectar. Not sure how much I used, just did it to taste. Then we smashed up banana and smeared it on top, decorated with slices of banana! they were lovely. The agave nectar gives them an almost honeyish golden syrup taste and texture!

    09 Mar 2013

  • could I change the vanilla extract in the recipe with lemon extract?

    20 Jul 2012