Vanilla Surprise Cupcakes

29 Oct

This is definitely an easy go to simple, vanilla cupcake that never fails and always gives perfect, light little buns. They are quite flat on top which provides the perfect platform for a towering swirl of creamy frosting. You can add any flavoring to these buns such as coconut, lemon, chocolate, coffee, an endless list.

I put jam in the middle of mine which oozes out in your mouth but you could leave it out for a simpler recipe that is, of course, still delicious or you could replace it with lemon curd or chocolate spread or peanut butter or anything really. I have made my cupcakes half red and half white because I like being different but it is entirely up to you. You could leave out the coloring all together or add color to the whole batch, just play around with it.

 Vanilla Surprise Cupcakes (Makes 12 cupcakes)

125g butter, softened

125g caster sugar

2 eggs, beaten lightly

1tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod

125g self raising flour

a couple of tbsp of jam of your chosen flavor

For the Buttercream Frosting:

200g icing sugar

85g butter, softened

1tbsp milk

1tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/355ºf and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with pretty paper cases.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy, about 2-3mins. Add the sugar and cream until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract a bit at a time. If it curdles, don’t panic, just add a tablespoon of the flour and continue beating.
  • Sieve in the flour and fold until fully incorporated. You can now add food coloring, if using, or any flavoring you choose.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 18-22mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 5mins then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool fully. Remove the middle of the cupcake using a knife or use a small circular shaped cutter to cut an outline in the cupcake and scooping it out with a spoon.
  • Add about 1/2tsp jam to the middle and pop the top back on.
  • To make the frosting, put all the ingredients in an electric mixer and beat until you have a creamy smooth frosting. Either spread the frosting over the cupcakes with a knife or pipe it on using a piping bag and a nozzle. Decorate however you wish! Let your imagination run wild.
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