Easter vanilla cupcakes recipe

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These delicious cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery are guaranteed to impress guests plus they make great Easter treats for the kids.

Easter vanilla cupcakes
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time25 mins (plus 10 minutes cooling time)
Total Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap

If you're looking for a delicious Easter treat that kids and grown-ups alike will love, these delicious mini Easter vanilla cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery are guaranteed to be a hit.

You're sure to impress guests with these little Easter vanilla cupcakes. They make great Easter recipes for kids. These tasty mini cupcakes take less than an hour to make. To make the vanilla icing that makes these mini cupcakes even more delicious, you only need five ingredients; butter, milk, vanilla extract, and icing sugar, plus food colouring if you want to give your icing a different colour.


For this Easter recipe you will need:

  • 110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar, preferably golden
  • 2 large eggs, free-range or organic
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 125g plain flour
  • 120ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1tsp good quality vanilla extract

For the vanilla icing:

  • 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)


  • Electric hand beater
  • 12 hole muffin tray or three 12 hole mini muffin trays with the appropriate size cupcake cases




    1. Preheat oven to 160deg C (fan)/180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark 4.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is pale and smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing briefly after each addition. This can take a few minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure the mixture stays well combined.
    3. Add the vanilla extract to the milk in a plastic measuring jug.
    4. Combine the two flours in a separate bowl.
    5. Add one-third of the flours to the combined butter and sugar mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk has been added.
    6. Carefully spoon the mixture evenly into the cupcakes cases. Bake in the centre of the oven for approx 25 minutes (regular size) or 15 minutes (mini size) until slightly raised and golden brown. Check with a cake skewer in the centre of one of the cakes to see that they are cooked.
    7. Leave in their tins for 10 minutes or so and then place carefully on a wire rack to cool. When completely cool, you can ice these cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing.
    8. The cupcakes can be stored in airtight containers for up to 3 days at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
    For the vanilla icing:
    1. Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth. This will usually take a few minutes. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar to produce a buttercream of a creamy and smooth consistency.
    2. If you want to colour your buttercream, always start with a drop of colouring and beat thoroughly. This will be all you need to create a very pale pastel shade. You can then add more drops and beat after each addition to build up to your desired shade.
    3. The buttercream can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Before re-using beat well.
Top Tip for making Easter vanilla cupcakes

For a chocolate frosting, beat 3tbsp of cocoa powder into the icing. Make sure you sift the cocoa powder before adding to avoid lumps.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies