Sweetie-Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

Image and recipe courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Small cakes are big crowd-pleasers. The quantities can easily be doubled to make larger batches with very little effort


    For the cupcakes:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium egg
  • 125g self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • For the buttercream:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red and yellow food colouring
  • Pack of Barratt Dolly Mix
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake tray with paper cases. (White or a mixture of pink and yellow looks good).
  • Put the butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, flour and baking powder in a bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the milk and mix again until combined.
  • Spoon heaped teaspoonfuls into the cases and bake for 18-20 minutes until risen, pale golden in colour and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • For the buttercream, beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl until very pale. Add 1 tsp hot water and beat again until very soft. Spoon half the mixture into a separate bowl. Beat a drop of red food colouring in one bowl and yellow into the other. Spread or pipe the buttercream over the cooled cakes. Place a few sweets on top of each cupcake.
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