Basic Cupcakes

Makes: 12
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Skill level:Easy peasy




    • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened


    • 125g (4oz) caster sugar


    • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour


    • Pinch salt


    • 2 medium eggs


    • 2 tbsp milk


    • ice-cream scoop, optional


    • 12-hole muffin tins, lined with paper cases







    1. Set the oven to 190°C or Gas 5. Tip the butter into a bowl and beat it until it’s softened.


    1. Add the sugar, flour, salt, eggs and milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.


    1. Use an ice-cream scoop, or spoon, to divide the mixture between all the paper cases.


    1. Place both muffin tins in the oven and bake for 15 mins, then swap the position of the tins over and bake for a further 3-7 mins, until both trays of cupcakes are a light golden colour. Remove the tins from the oven.  Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.




Nutritional information per portion




This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.