Easter is probably high up on one of my favourite times of the year – the amount of hot cross buns that can be eaten without looking foolish, all the chocolate, and of course – Mini Eggs. I realised I hadn’t put up a simple vanilla cupcake recipe and felt bad because of – its one of the most important recipes in someones book!
I use this recipe for all of my basic cupcakes – Ive based it on many years of baking vanilla cupcakes but I realise that at the end of the day, nearly all vanilla cupcake recipes will be similar! So use this recipe if all you are after is a deliciously soft and flavourful vanilla cupcake – or you want to have some Easter Fun!
This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes
– 150g Unsalted Butter, Softened
– 150g Caster Sugar
– 3 Medium Free Range Eggs, beaten
– 150g Self Raising Flour
– 1/4tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
– 1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
– 2tbsp Whole Milk
– 100g butter
– 300g icing sugar
– 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
– 1-2tbsp milk – if needed
Decoration for Easter Nest Cupcakes
– Food colouring – Green & Brown
– Mini Eggs
– Cocoa Powder
– #233 piping tip, and Star tip
– Piping bags
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan and line a 12-hole Muffin Tray with cases
2) Mix together all of the cupcake ingredients on a medium speed (I use my KitchenAid, any electric mixer will do!) until mixed through together thoroughly – try not to mix more than necessary!
3) Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases (just over half full) and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes until slightly golden on top and a skewer poked into one of them comes out clean.
4) Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tray for about 5 minutes and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack
5) To make the buttercream – Mix the butter on its own for a few minutes to loosen it fully and then gradually start to mix in the icing sugar and vanilla – this is messy so be careful it doesn’t splash at you! Its better to start mixing it slowly until its incorporated then speed it up to make it light and fluffy!
6) Mix the buttercream for about 5 minutes so its super fluffy, if you feel its too stiff to pipe then put in enough milk to lighten it!
Easter Nest Cupcakes
1) Bake the vanilla cupcakes as written above and make the buttercream as written above.
2) Split the buttercream into two bowls – in one add green food colouring and mix thoroughly until you reach your desired green
3) In the other bowl add some brown food colouring and/or some cocoa powder to get your desired brown colour
4) Once the cupcakes are cool, if they have a ‘hill’ or are raised in the middle, trim it down carefully so they are basically flat – it’ll make them easier to decorate!
4) Using the #233 (grass and hair nozzle) piping tip fill one of the piping bags with the green icing – pipe the green icing around the edge of the cupcakes. Using the star tip, fill the second piping bag with the brown icing and pipe a little nest around the middle of the cupcake – fill with 2-3 mini eggs!
Tips and Ideas
If you don’t have the piping nozzles that I have mentioned then honestly, don’t worry! Improvise with what you have! My gran was also the one to always say put a dash of bicarbonate in with the mix and it will lighten it perfectly so I tried it, and it seemed to work? Although I’m sure it works perfectly without!
Ive based the recipe for the cupcakes and buttercream on a recipe from my Granny, and All Recipes! And I played on the idea of the Easter Nest Cupcakes from Inspiration all over the internet!
P.s. Happy Easter to you all!