vanilla cupcakes

I love cupcakes.... they are just so cute and their are so many ways to decorate them. I kind of went for simple this time and that can be just as lovely too!
I was flipping threw my array of cookbooks, like I do on any old day, for inspiration and stopped at one of Bill Granger's books, I love his stuff!  He had this great recipe for the vanilla cupcakes, cause secretly I wanted to use my vanilla extract I had just made all my own, I was pretty excited.  Making you're own vanilla extract is so easy, I was surprised, a whopping two ingredients!  Use either vodka or dark rum, de-seed the vanilla bean pods and add them to the bottle too, shake once a day for two weeks.  

Vanilla cupcakes
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, softened                       
250g (1cup) caster sugar                                              
4 eggs
1 tsp natural vanilla (or you're newly made one!)
185g (1 1/2cups) self-raising flour
60g (1/2cup) plain four
185ml (3/4cup) milk

60g (1/2cup) icing sugar
2-3 tbsp hot water
a few drops lemon or vanilla extract

Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy, add eggs one at a time, then vanilla until combined. Sift the flours and fold in while adding the milk.  Put the mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin and bake for 20min at 350F or 180C.  Makes 1 dozen


Chef Chuck said…
Hi Ash, That is some beautiful cupcakes, they look so light and fresh. I like the pure vanilla bean, must taste great! Nice Photos!:)
emily said…
i could tell by the batter that they would be good! Thanks
Anonymous said…
Great Stuff, havnt made them yet just got the recipe but im sure this WILL be a good one :)

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