Half Batch Cupcakes

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Need a small batch of cupcakes for a special occasion? Don't despair, we have a great half batch recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C, gas mark 5) and line a muffin tin with 6 muffin cases. Using a hand held electric whisk or freestanding mixer mix the butter, sugar, flour and salt on a low speed until it is the texture of breadcrumbs.

  2. Put the eggs in a jug and whisk by hand. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix together.

  3. Pour ¾ of the milk mixture into the dry ingredients & mix on low speed, then mix on a medium speed until smooth & thick.

  4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until ⅔ full. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool slightly and then place on a wire rack.

  5. To make the buttercream use a hand held whisk or freestanding mixer slowly whisk the icing sugar with the butter, until well mixed, add the milk , food colouring and vanilla extract then increase the speed to high and whisk until soft and fluffy.

  6. Top the cooled cupcakes with the buttercream using a palette knife. Alternatively, fill a piping bag with a nozzle inside and pipe swirls of buttercream onto the top of the cupcakes. Sprinkle each cupcake with your chosen decorations.

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  1. 5 star rating

    we didn't have enough sugar so we split everything in half and it was super yummy, we also made a chocolate version, SO GOOD!

  2. 5 star rating

    Very yummy! we made a chocolate version and it was SO tasty!

  3. 5 star rating

    Best recipe ever. Just half the icing mixture. Way too much

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  5. 5 star rating

    All the family love this one! Will be sticking with this!

  6. 1 star rating

    too sweet. i like my home made ones from the other recipe

  7. 5 star rating

    Loved it

  8. 1 star rating

    Most terrible never ever make them eeeeeeew

  9. 5 star rating

    Should I make the buttercream better see I’ll try fingers crossed it works

  10. 5 star rating

    I my god sooooooooo fluffy the best thing in the whole world never had better thaaaaanks sooooooo much

  11. 5 star rating

    Simple yet effective 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾 Cupcakes came out so delicious & moist, definitely sticking this recipe! Thank you 🙌🏾🥰

  12. 5 star rating

    fluffy buttercream and lush cakes

  13. 5 star rating

    Great! Do you have a half batch recipe for chocolate cupcakes?
    You can use this recipe but switch out approx 25g of the flour quantity specified and replace with 25g of cocoa powder.

  14. 5 star rating

    Just. Fantastic. Do yourself a favour and don't bake them unless you are willing to bake them all the time, your family will be asking you to bake them all the time! Best cupcakes I have ever made.

  15. 5 star rating

    Made 12 with the same exact measurements. Love this recipe and it’s a hit with my family too!

  16. 5 star rating

    Lovely cakes, amazing texture and the buttercream was nice and fluffy.

  17. 5 star rating

    Use this religiously, made a cake out of the exact same batter, always turns out perfect! Would reccomend to complete beginners and anyone who loves perfect spongey cupcakes!

  18. 5 star rating

    Absolutely amazing. My toddler loved baking these and shes a fussy one! Taste was lovely and soft.

  19. 5 star rating

    Light, fluffy and easy to make.
    My partner asked me if they were Betty Crocker.

  20. 5 star rating

    The cake part was shockingly good. My husband who doesn’t usually like any dessert that isn’t chocolate ate two.

  21. 4 star rating

    They made 8 not 6 but very good recipie

  22. 5 star rating

    Best recipe ever! Hard to mess up and tastes amazing. better than any cupcake I have ever bought

  23. 5 star rating

    Easy to follow, hard to mess up, my new favourite recipie! Best cupcakes I have ever made. (I made my own icing but the cupcakes are amazing)

  24. 4 star rating

    Currently making them the batter looks good! I added some cocoa powder to the mixture.

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  26. 5 star rating

    Didnt make the buttercream but the cakes turned out really well

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