“The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie‘s Receipts cookbook.” –Wikipedia
Here is my ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe and I’ll tell you why; it’s light with a delicate vanilla flavour, colours evenly, foolproof, pulls away from cases easily making it my go to. Vanilla cupcakes were my first cupcake bake when I was sixteen years old which began my obsession with baking leading me to gain certificates in culinary arts and patisserie (the cupcakes had a cookie monster decoration and looking back they were heinous!!) Vanilla cupcakes are an understated / versatile flavour; you can dress them up with different flavours without making them super rich and heavy like red velvet or chocolate – so pretty perfect for a first time baker to experiment with.
Makes 12 cupcakes (can easily be doubled)
113g butter (I use Olivani) (softened)
130g white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
195g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with your cases – put aside for later.
Start with a medium sized bowl and cream your butter by whisking for a good few minutes then add your measured sugar. Cream your sugar and butter mixture until light and fluffy.
Add one egg at a time and mix until fully combined then add the vanilla extract.
Add the flour, salt and baking powder and again MIX until almost fully incorporated.
Pour in the milk and mix it until fully combined but do not over-mix .
Spoon you mixture into the cupcake cases till they are about 2/3 full (I have taken a picture as a rough guide).
Bake for 20 minutes or until they spring back when pressed (if you’re still not sure place a skewer in and if it comes out clean they are cooked!) Leave to cool for a good hour before icing.
You can find a basic vanilla buttercream recipe here!