London 2012 Cupcakes + Free Printable Cupcake Wrappers

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One batch of my vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing was used to make the London 2012 Cupcakes for my Olympics Opening Ceremony Party.

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London 2012 Cupcakes

London 2012 Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is my tried and trusted vanilla cupcake recipe. Makes 24 cupcakes. I use an ice cream scoop to get equal quantities of cake mixture per case. Add 3tbsps of cocoa powder to the cake batter to make chocolate cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 335g unsalted butter, softened
  • 335g caster sugar
  • 335g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing

  • 500g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food colouring (optional)
  • food glitter (optional)
  • toppers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4.
  2. Place 24 cupcake cases into tins.
  3. Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until smooth, pale and fluffy.
  4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. (see notes above)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and risen.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

To make the buttercream

  1. Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly sift in the icing sugar until combined.
  3. Whisk in the milk (or lemon juice) and vanilla extract. Then add a few drops of food colouring at a time to get the desired shade. Add some food glitter to the mix too.
  4. You should find that the buttercream will form stiff(ish!) peaks and can be used in a piping bag.

To assemble

  1. Only decorate the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
  2. Place some of the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached (don't overfill the bag) and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with more food glitter or sprinkles.
  4. Add a topper if desired.

 

I kept them really simple as I had already made my cupcake toppers, and also made some cupcake wrappers, which you can download and print for your own personal use if you like :) I sprayed the icing gold with a can of food colouring spray, wrapped around the homemade cupcake wrappers and inserted the toppers.

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