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Recipe

15 minute cupcakes

These cupcakes are quick to make with minimal washing up and will keep the kids busy as they decorate them to within an inch of their creamy frosting!

  • 3 mins preparation
  • 12 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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15 minute cupcakes

Ingredients

15 minute cupcakes
  • 130 gram butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • packaged vanilla frosting or buttercream, plus pearls, sprinkles etc, to decorate
Buttercream frosting
  • 100 gram soft butter
  • 2 cup icing sugar
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2.5 tablespoon hot water

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 175°C. Line a medium 12-hole muffin tray with colourful paper cases.
  • 2
    In the bowl of an electric beater, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla, then sift over the flour, baking powder and soda.
  • 3
    Beat on low speed for 1 minute, then stop and scrape down the sides. Beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly mixed, pale and creamy.
  • 4
    Spoon mixture into the paper cases, filling each to just over half. Bake for 12-15 minutes until puffed and golden, and the centre bounces back when lightly touched. Let cupcakes cool completely before icing with frosting and decorating.
  • 5
    To make the buttercream frosting, cream butter until fluffy with an electric beater. Add icing sugar and lemon juice, then enough hot water to make a fluffy frosting.

Notes

For chocolate cupcakes, omit 1 tbsp flour and add 1 tbsp cocoa when sifting the flour. Add chocolate chips, or stir through frozen blueberries or raspberries For parties, add food colouring and essence to the mix for fun – ie: green colouring and mint essence, or tinting the frosting to go with your theme.

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