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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    06 Jun 2016

  • I love this recipe its really good.

    25 Jan 2016

  • I try this with Gluten Free flour and it works well.

    15 Dec 2015

  • The reason why the cupcakes dipped is probably because you kept opening the oven which allowed the heat to rush out and the cold air come in so I would say only open the oven 3 timea max.

    28 Oct 2015

  • When I make this recipe I add a 1 tbsp or 2 of milk and it comes out lovely

    28 Oct 2015

  • followed recipe to the letter, but cupcakes are a little dry. also, should there be milk in this recipe? other recipes seem to need milk

    18 Aug 2015

  • First time really good Im only 12 and im pro at cupcakes love making them my 2 older siblings coming home making it for them as a suprise

    10 Aug 2015

  • Really easy and yummy. 2 year old had a lot of fun licking the bowl.

    20 Jul 2015

  • I did one double batch with 24 cup cakes!!  I can see why they are called cup cakes; they were all cupped and would not come out of the paper cases without crumbling to nothing.
    I did another DOUBLE batch!  SAME AGAIN!!  All were a right-off!!
    Just when I was desperately short of time…>Guests arriving in two hours!!!

    04 Jul 2015

  • Mine keep sinking in the middle.  What am I doing wrong?!

    01 Jun 2015

  • This is a very easy recipe to make for someone who doesn’t bake a lot. I just tried it half an hour ago and my 2 year old picky eater son took a bite and actually ate half a cupcake without the filling but with sprinkles on top. Thank you for sharing this recipe. i will definitely try the other recipes.

    26 May 2015

  • 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

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