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Birthday cupcakes

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About the bake

Why not surprise someone special on their birthday by following this simple birthday cupcakes recipe.

45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time
10Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas 4). Line a cup cake tin with 12 paper cupcake cases

  2. Step 2:

    Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

  3. Step 3:

    Stir in the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Place heaped dessertspoon full in each cupcake case and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch.

  4. Step 4:

    Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool.

  5. Step 5:

    For the buttercream, beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and food colouring and then pipe on to the cupcake. Top with a special birthday candle.

Ingredients

    • 150g Butter (unsalted) (at room temperature)
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • 0.5 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 Lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
    • 0.5 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the icing

    • 250g Icing sugar
    • 80g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    •  Pink food colouring

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