Cupcake Quest – Basic Cupcake Recipe No. 1

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 19, 2009

in Baking, Cupcakes, Recipes

While I was searching for a few different basic cupcake recipes to try, I realised that all recipes contained the same type of ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, vanilla) but the quantities of each ingredient, the method of preparation of the batter and the baking times and temperatures were the things that differed.

The first recipe I selected to try was from Nigella Lawson’s “How to be a Domestic Goddess”. This would be the first recipe I would be trying from her book. There are so many wonderful sounding recipes that I just didn’t know where to start!

Nigella’s recipe follows the traditional combination of equal amounts of butter, sugar and flour but uses the unorthodox way of mixing all ingredients in a food processor! I only have a small food processor (my Sunbeam StickMaster Plus attachment) so I halved the quantities in the recipe.


Nigella Lawson’s Cupcakes
Makes 12

125g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 200C.
  • Put all ingredients except for the milk in a food processor and then blitz until smooth.

  • Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft dropping consistency.

  • Fill each case evenly and put in the oven for 15 – 20 mins or until the cakes are cooked and golden on top.

  • As soon as bearable, take the cakes out of the tin and let cool on a wire rack.

I found that her recipe didn’t give me 6 cupcakes (remember I halved the quantities) and I got 5 on the smallish side. The taste of the cupcake was a bit too buttery for me and there was an eggy smell and taste. They were on the dense side which probably is a sign that I overworked the batter. I also had holes in the middle of my cupcakes – I should have tapped the tin on the bench top a few times to get the air out.

Nigella’s recipe is ok, but I do believe there is better out there. I wouldn’t make these again.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Anh June 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

And the cake looks good. Have you tried the vanilla cupcake batter by Magnolia bakery? It is supposed to be *the one*. i used it before and it was nice. Just google it, I'm sure you can find the recipe. )


Maria@TheGourmetChallenge June 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I'm sorry, but they sound AWFUL! I didnt think I could see something awful from Nigella. Keep looking, there are plenty of great cupcake recipes out there. In fact I'm making a recipe tomorrow for my cupcake challenge. By the way I ordered a cupcake courier, should arrive any day now!


Rilsta June 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi Anh: Thanks for stopping by my blog! Thanks for the tip, I will have to try the Magnolia bakery cupcakes!

Hi Maria: Haha! Good to hear you finally succumbed and got a cupcake courier. Has K Rudd's money lasted til now?! 🙂


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