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Half Batch Cupcakes
35Total Time
15Prep Time
20Bake Time

Half Batch Cupcakes

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About the bake

Want a cupcake fix, without having to bake loads of cupcakes? Rather than be left with lots of leftover cupcakes (rare, we know!) why not try our half batch recipe. Perfect for afternoon tea for two, a mid-week pick me up, or just because. 

35Total Time
15Prep Time
20Bake Time


  1. Step 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. Step 2:

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

  3. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.


  • For the Cupcakes

    • 115g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 115g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 2 Large free range egg(s)
    • 115g Self raising white flour
    • A pinch Salt
    • 2 tbsp Whole milk
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the Buttercream

    • 250g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 80g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 25ml Whole milk
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • Variety of colours Food colouring gel
    • Optional Sprinkle decorations


  • 12 hole muffin tin
  • 6 cupcake cases
  • Electric whisk/food mixer
  • Jug
  • Piping bag
  • Star nozzle

Nutritional Information

per 122g
  • 589cal Energy
  • 29g Fat
  • 18g of which Saturates
  • 76g Carbohydrates
  • 61g of which Sugars
  • 4.9g Protein
  • 0.6g Salt

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