Cupcakes made Easy

Cupcakes and Brownies

Cupcakes are a sort of Amercianism to our ears, even if they have become uber-fashionable. We liked them as children, but we split them and stuck cream inside, they were called fairy cakes.  Who cares what they are called, the moist cake base, with a light butter frosting can still be a bit of child-like comfort. Of course you can make the topping what you will – for adults halve a piece of in season fruit (raspberries are wonderful) for children do sprinkles or just a single chocolate button. I made these for a wedding and they work easily and turn out very well.  The brownies are here.


  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tlbs milk
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 12 hole bun tray lined with paper cases


  • 125g butter room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 50mls milk.
  • squeeze of lemon juice (to taste)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190dgs, or gas mark 5.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the cakes have risen and are firm to the touch in the centre.
  4. Remove the cakes from the oven put them on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before you frost
  5. For the frosting, add the butter to a bowl and gradually mix in the sugar, add the lemon juice to taste.
  6. When the cakes have cooled, ice them and add the topping of your choice. 



About Cooking At Zero Degrees

This is a blog (it also works on an ipad and now has a Facebook page) about what we eat at home. Starters, mains, sauces, side dishes, cocktails and links to local shops. It’s all here. Food is fun, it should be fun to make and fun to eat. For some people making a meal is a chore. If it is then don’t do it; but please, it’s better to eat something, anything, that you make at home from scratch, because prepared, packaged supermarket dinners and food have about as much flavour as the plastic or cardboard package they come in. Food cultivation and husbandry is not just a moral argument. Eggs that don’t come from battery hens do taste better, cattle properly reared have more flavour - and just think about it: at its most simple, if they’re not being pumped full of chemicals then you’re not being pumped full of chemicals. How good is that? If you can buy local, use your neighbourhood shops, you will miss them when they are gone. Most of all, have fun making a meal of it! Oh, and why at zero degrees? Because that’s where we live – in Greenwich, London.
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One Response to Cupcakes made Easy

  1. aaaaaw love love:)


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