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Maree’s Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Maree came down from Sydney and we caught up with her to celebrate her birthday at Madame Brussels (p.s. those jugs of espresso martini’s will keep you awake ALL night – seriously, I couldn’t sleep till 4am!!).

Athina and I decided to give her mini cupcakes so I went around to her house during the day – packed with my piping sets and sprinkles!! And Briar helped us bake and decorate too.

The great thing that I have found with having this website is that I have my recipes on hand wherever I go. We used the basic cupcake recipe from the Edmond’s cookbook that I used when I baked with my nephew’s.

mini vanilla cupcakes


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ C caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ C milk


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 8 mins or until cakes spring back when lightly touched (note: bake for 15 mins for standard cupcakes)
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

While we were baking we decided to make them EXTRA vanillery (is that a word?.. is now) so we used more like a tablespoon (if not more) of vanilla essence.

butter icing


  • 1 T butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring
  • ½ C icing sugar, sifted


Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Like the cupcake batter, we decided to put a good splash more of the vanilla essence into the icing too. I was a little nervous that they were going too much with all the vanilla we put in - but it worked and they tasted SO good.

Because we used pink and yellow mini cupcake paper cases, we dyed the icing pink and yellow too. We swirled the icing on top and sprinkled silver balls over the top (I think more bounced off and went all over the floor haha).

We popped them in a gift box and ta da! Mini vanilla cupcakes



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