Vanilla Cup Cakes – with amusing expressions

You can see the moods created on top of the iced cupcake to imply that expressions are unique to us, humans: Cool faces, mild faces, wild faces, glamours faces with pouting lips and guys with cool glasses and some sad faces with a single tear.  You can set your creative ideas to take over and enjoy doing something unique and beautiful to make yours look special!

I used ready to roll icing in different colours to make the features.  Delicious home-made butter icing (recipe is given below) is smeared liberally on all the cupcakes.

I normally bake the cupcakes on the previous day and let them cool off completely.  Next day, you have all the time and energy to spare for decorating them elaborately.  If you couple both on the same day, you could be too tired to launch yourself in decorating them at your heart’s desire.

So, let’s start,

You will need the following ingredients

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or butter softened (30 secs in the microwave )250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs4
Milk1/4 cup
Baking powder1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt3 pinches

Let’s make them

Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy, using an electric hand mixer (3 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition for 1/2 min
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice and beat for two rounds.
  • Mix baking powder, flour and salt together and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and mix well
  • Your cake batter is ready now

Fill the cupcake cases and bake now

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  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise
  • Place the cakes in the cupcake tray
  • Pop it into the oven
  • Bake for 13-20 min
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take the tray out of the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack
  • Let the cakes cool off completely

Let’s make the butter icing now

 Icing sugar (seived)300 g
Butter or Margarine125 g
Lemon juice1/2 tsp
Milk1 tbsp
Vanilla a few drops 

Let’s make the icing

  • Cream butter using an electric hand mixer
  • Sieve the icing sugar and add
  • Add lemon, milk and vanilla
  • Beat in high speed for a couple of minutes to until a smooth and creamy texture is formed

Decorate the cupcakes now

  • Spread a layer of icing on the top
  • To decorate you can opt for any kind of sweets; smarties, m&m, jelly babies, sprinkles
  • To set features, roll out different coloured royal icing and arrange on the top
  • Your pretty cupcakes are ready to serve!

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Vanilla cupcakes – Spongy cupcakes – Anyone can make

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These plain vanilla cupcakes are so easy to make and they will stay fresh and moist for days!

I have added cornflour into the cake batter to make the cakes extra spongy.  The light, silkiness in cornflour had a magical effect!

Important tip: Keep an eye on the oven because the cakes can get over baked and the top would be crispy instead of coming out super soft and spongy. Hence, as soon as you see them changing into a soft golden colour, open the oven door and quickly insert a skewer or press in the middle to check if they are baked properly.  If the cakes are fully baked the skewer should come clean or if you press them in the middle, they should spring back.  Immediately, take the cakes out of the oven and let them cool off.

Let’s make them at the teatime today,

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour225 g
Corn flour25 g
Caster sugar250 g
Margarine/butter under room temp.  (Stork brand spread is best in UK)250 g
Milk1/4 cup
Eggs4
Salt3 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1 tsp each

Let’s make them: Set the oven to 160 C . Gas mark 3

Cream the batter

  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer (Do not exceed 3 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat two rounds after each addition
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice,  and beat for two rounds

Add Flour

  • Mix baking powder, salt and cornflour to Self-raising flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and fold well until a creamy batter is formed without lumps

Fill the cases

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise
  • Place the filled up cases in the cupcake tray
  • Lift the tray and drop gently on the pantry top twice, to level the cake batter’

Bake

  • Pop the tray into the oven
  • Bake for 20 min or until the cakes are golden in colour (Never open the oven door in the initial 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.  Or press in the middle and it should spring back
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Baked to the perfection!
  • Take the tray out of  the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack
  • Let the cakes cool off completely
  • Your beautiful cupcakes are ready to devour

Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting And Strawberry Sauce

These beautifully presented cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on top is a real winner when it comes to party cakes.  The well in the middle filled with juicy strawberry sauce and topped with sweet cream cheese blend heavenly to produce the yummiest ever treat for kids and adults alike!

By adding cornflour into the cake batter, the cupcakes can be made extra spongy and filling the little well in the middle with strawberry sauce, which in turn gives a uniquely sweet taste.

It’s super easy to make, once you gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment together.

So, let’s make them:

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour225 g
Corn flour25 g
Caster sugar250 g
Margarine/butter under room temp.  (Stork brand spread is best in UK)250 g
Milk1/4 cup
Eggs4
Salt3 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1 tsp each

Let’s make them: Set the oven to 160 C . Gas mark 3

Cream the batter

  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat two rounds after each addition
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice,  and beat for two rounds

Mix Flour

  • Mix baking powder, salt and cornflour to Self-raising flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and fold well

Fill the cupcake cases

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise
  • Place the filled up cases in the cupcake tray
  • Lift the tray and drop gently on the pantry top twice, to level the cake batter’
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Bake

  • Pop the tray into the oven
  • Bake for 13-20 min. (Never open the oven door in the initial 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take the tray out of the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack
  • Let the cakes cool off completely

Mascarpone cheese and Icing sugar frosting

 You will need :

Mascarpone cheese100g
Icing sugar35g
Lemon juice3 drops

🧁 With a spatula mix all together vigorously until creamy. Double the quantities proportionately if you need more icing.

Let’s decorate the cupcakes now :

  • Cut out a small circle from each cupcake so a little well is formed in the centre
  • Fill the well with strawberry topping or strawberry jam
  • Cover with mascarpone icing with a flat knife or make a swirl with a nozzle
  • Arrange quarters of strawberry and the cutout rounds of the cupcakes in the middle in a pretty angel
  • Your pretty cupcakes are ready
  • Stick them in the fridge because the topping is diary-based
  • Take out from the fridge 15 mins before serving
  • Done!!
Butter icing recipe

Vanilla cupcakes – Pretty rose cupcakes with butter vanilla icing

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  You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or butter softened250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs4
Milk1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt3 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp

Let’s make them: Set the oven to 180 C .

Cream the batter

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy, using an electric hand mixer (3 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds

Sieve flour

  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk and mix well

Fill the cupcake cases

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4  with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise
  • Place the cases in the cupcake tray

Bake in the oven

  • Pop the tray in to the oven
  • Bake for 13-20 min. (Do not open the oven door in the inital 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready
  • Take the tray out of  the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack
  • Let the cakes cool off completely

Let’s make the butter icing now:

Ingredients needed:

 Icing sugar300 g
Butter or Margarine125 g
Lemon juice1/2 tsp
Milk1 tbsp
Liquid cake colours (red)
VanillaA few drops

Let’s make the icing:

  • Cream up all together using an electric hand mixer
  • Drop two drops from red liquid colour into one bowl to make pink colour
  • Spread a layer of pink icing cream on the top.  Or, make swirls using your cake decorating kit
  • Immediately after, sprinkle colourful sprinkles or desiccated coconut dipped in any colour
  • Your pretty cupcakes are ready
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