Heavenly Vanilla Cupcakes Topped with Buttercream Icing

What’s not to love about cupcakes? They’re a little piece of heaven in your hand. A delicate cake topped with sweet buttercream, ganache or fresh cream.

Growing up in my family home they were never known as cupcakes – They were always patty cakes and my mother regularly cooked big batches for us. Most of the mixture would be cooked, ready to be iced when cooled. The remaining mixture would be incorporated with some mixed spice and dried fruit, to be baked and enjoyed by my father (who doesn’t really like icing!)

Cupcakes are a perfect addition to an afternoon tea party, a sweet treat in a child’s lunchbox, or a great portion controlled birthday cake. These ones were baked for my husband’s grandmother’s 91st birthday morning tea. The extended family was getting together to celebrate with her and I knew the delicate pink buttercream would be a perfect addition to the morning tea. Unfortunately my eldest son wasn’t well, so I stayed home with him while hubby took our youngest son along. Our little one worked the room like a pro, giving cuddles and smiles to everyone!

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