You can't go wrong with vanilla!

I'm sure most baking fanatics out in the UK have heard of The Hummingbird Bakery in London. Well you can now get their cookbook which is choc full of amazing, delicious baked goods (not only cupcakes but cakes and savory foods as well).

When baking vanilla cupcakes I always use a recipe from Nigella Lawson, however the Hummingbird Bakery have a great recipe as well. I baked these vanilla cupcakes for a birthday, well two birthdays. They're simple vanilla but with a bit of chocolate and glitter on top. This recipe makes quite moist cakes, in future I might cut back the butter just a little bit but they're still very yummy!

Hummingbird Vanilla Cupcakes

240g plain flour
280g caster sugar
3 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
80g unsalted butter at room temperature
240ml milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
250g icing sugar sifted
80g unsalted butter at room temperature
25ml milk
A couple of drops of vanilla extract
A couple of drops of food colouring (I used red for pink frosting)


1. Line muffin tray with paper cases and preheat oven to 180C.

2. Cream the sugar and butter then mix in the flour, baking powder and salt until combined.

3. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.

4. Whisk the eggs, vanilla and remaining milk together in a separate bowl and then pour into the flour mixture and continue mixing for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth.

5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases but only fill them two thirds full. Bake in the oven for 25 mins or until slightly golden and then cool on a wire rack.

6. Beat the icing sugar and butter together until well mixed.

7. In a separate bowl combine the milk, vanilla extract and food colouring then add to the butter mixture gradually. Continue to beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.

8. Decorate the cupcakes with the frosting once cool.

In other news Cupcake Camp NI was today and it was just brilliant! I have so many photos to upload and I'll post those soon and make a little post about the day. Thanks for reading! And hello to anyone who picked up one of my cards at Cupcake Camp, do say hello!


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