Thursday, 1 March 2012

basic cupcakes

These are super super easy and quick to whip up. so if you're seeing someone on their birthday why not surprise them with some cupcakes? And hopefully the kids won't feel too sick from licking batter and eating icing and sprinkles to enjoy the tea party.

preheat the oven to 160
110g(1cup) self-raising flour
110g(1/2 cup) caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g(1/2cup) margarine
2 eggs
sift the flour, sugar and baking powder
add the vanilla extract
add the butter and eggs
beat all the ingredients well (cover the mixer so flour doesn't fly everywhere)
put the batter in to 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 mins
meanwhile lick the utensils clean

we even tried our hand at piping some buttercream icing. piping was always one of those things that i have wanted to try but it seemed too complicated and too much effort. it was in fact very easy, fun and effective (for a first attempt). if your kids like squeezing toothpaste tubes etc, they will love piping.

Beat well:
225g (1&1/2 cups) icing sugar
100g(1/2 cup) soft butter
+ a few drops of food colouring (or squeeze in some cherry or blueberry juice for natural colouring)
have your child hold the piping bag while you fill it with icing
fold over the top of the bag and hold it tightly (to avoid the icing squeezing upwards) while they squeeze icing on to the cupcakes (you can slightly direct the movement this way too)

et voila

decorate with sprinkles
and enjoy!


  1. Cooking with kids is so great in so many ways. And piping is not only fun and it is also good for strengthening those little hands for writing later on!

  2. We just made a big batch of gluten free cupcakes for John's birthday. SO much fun with the kids. Margot insisted on pink and purple frosting for Daddy. "His favorite" - her words.
    I love you recipe. It looks very easy and adaptable - ie. throw in some choccy chips! ha xxx

    1. wow - if you have recipe and photos for your cupcakes (or any other good recipes) i could put them on my blog. i know you do a lot of cooking with your kids. i remember seeing photos of Rudy making pesto. do you use natural food colouring? i never used to but my friend used cherries (squeezed juice of a few of them in) the other day and it was great. B


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