Extra Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 24.  Prep time :15 minutes.  Cooking Time :20-25 minutes

If you want a true vanilla flavour, make sure you use Vanilla Extract and NOT essence.  I prefer to use an extract with vanilla seeds in it, vanilla paste is even better.  If you want to change it up a bit, add a flavour to the icing.



  • 230 g butter
  • 330 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 400 g plain flour
  • 250 ml milk


  • 230 g butter
  • 1kg Chelsea Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup milk (warm)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Spray 2 x 12-hole muffin tins and papers. Beat butter for 1-2 minutes until soft, then add sugar and beat gently until it’s fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add ½ the quantity of sifted flour mix and ½ the milk. Combine.
  5. Then add the remaining flour mix and milk beating briefly until smooth.
  6. Pour into the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.  To test push the top and if it springs back it’s done.
  7. To make the icing: Beat butter until soft and pale. Slowly add sifted icing sugar and milk until combined. Lastly add vanilla extract. Pipe onto cupcakes.

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