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45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time

Birthday cupcakes

About the bake

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

45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time


  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.


    • 150g Butter (unsalted) (at room temperature)
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 150g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 0.5 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 Lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
    • 0.5 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the icing

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

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