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Basic Cupcakes or Victoria Sponge

Ingredients: for 12 cupcakes

150g soft butter or margarine
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
150g self raising flour

fairy cakes

  1. Preheat the oven on to 180c / gas 4/ AGA baking oven or roasting oven with shelf on oven floor and plain cold shelf on second set of runners
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  It’s ready when it drops off the wooden spoon immediately when you tap it on the side of the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, flour and cocoa, if using, and mix well
  4. Split the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.  They cakes are ready when they are springy to the touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
How to make cupcakes
Cupcake ingredients
mixing cupcakes
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Mixing cupcakes
The mixture is creamed when it drops the end of a spoon easily

Mixing cupcakes

making cupcakes
Sift in the flour at the same time as the eggs
mixing cupcakes
Fold the flour and eggs into the mixture using a metal spoon
mixing cupcakes
Your cake mix should be smooth like this
filling cupcake cases
Use two spoons, one to scoop and one to scrape, and fill 12 cake cases in a muffin tin
Cupcakes freshly made
Bake in preheated oven 180c or gas 4 for 20-25 minutes until springy to the touch, remove and leave to cool