Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-20 minutes
Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)
100g butter or margarine
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour (sifted)
Quarter teaspoon baking powder
Half teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven electric 180 C gas mark 4 & place 12 paper cases into muffin tin.
Beat butter & sugar together until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla essence.
Fold in the flour and baking powder.
Spoon into cases and bake for 10-20 mins. Check they are cooked by inserting cocktail stick and it should come out clean if they are done.
Leave to cool on wire rack.
For a simple icing topping, add a little water to some icing sugar and then decorate as you please. For our Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes we chose to decorate them with red, white and blue glitter or silver and gold stars – the choice is yours!