VANILLA CUPCAKES FOR A CHRISTMAS PARTY…Merry Christmas!

“‘If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas? “
Don Meredith
VANILLA CUPCAKES FOR CHISTMAS
OK…am back again. Yesterday & today were busier than I imagined they would be. I got literally talked into volunteering to make , hold your breadth, 80 cupcakes for a Christmas party for a little play school nearby! They were in a bit of a soup, & I eventually volunteered to bake. The only memory of yesterday morning is of the muffin trays going into the oven & out!! There were cupcakes as far as the eye could see. And then the usual rush…off to school to pick the kids after guitar etc. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…this morning went in meeting with teachers before school broke-up for the holidays, and icing stars onto the cupcakes. They’ve been boxed and delivered!! Always enjoyable after the job has been done!
Ingredients:
Flour – 2cups
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Butter – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 1/4 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Vanilla Essence / extract – 1 tsp
Eggs – 2
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Line or grease the muffin pans.
  • Sift flour + baking powder + salt 3 times. Keep aside.
  • Cream butter + sugar well.
  • Add vanilla + eggs and beat well.
  • On low speed, beat in flour mix + milk alternatively in 3 lots.
  • Fill each muffin pan to 3/4th depth, and bake for 20-25 minutes till done.
  • Remove from muffin pan immediately & cool on racks.
  • Makes approximately 18 muffins.
  • For the 2nd lot , if you make 6 muffins in a 12 pan tin, fill a little water in each of the empty cases to ensure even baking.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate.

Cupcakes galore…

Have a great Christmas!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.

14 Comments

  • Cakespy
    8 years ago

    Thank you for visiting my site! And oooh what a great one you have. Your recipes and photography are great! Strawberry Swiss roll…soothing blue + Green cake…lemon pound cake…you’ve won me over!

  • Rina
    8 years ago

    Those cup cakes are sooo…cute. Will make them for kids this holidays..Thanks for the recipe.

  • Happy cook
    8 years ago

    80 cup cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My my you indeed are a angel for doing that.
    I am sure the kiddies loved those cute cup cakes

  • Latha
    8 years ago

    you’re amazing! I second happy cook’s comment. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead:) Do rest those gifted hands of yours and enjoy the holidays!

  • sunita
    8 years ago

    Last year, baked 250 of ’em for an event at the kids’ school…can understand what you mean by the trays going in and out…it seemed as if they were everywhere…

  • Suganya
    8 years ago

    Congratulations on finishing cup cake-athon 😀

  • Nags
    8 years ago

    wow! the decorations look lovely. i want to get one of those cupcake trays. are they called by any other name? what kind of stores sell them? I tried a few shops that sell crockery but they didnt have it.

  • Purnima
    8 years ago

    Deeba, lovely cupcakes..I m more curious to know how you got those lovely green-star, brown & maroon heart and what have you used to decorate them? they seem very mysterious!!!TOO GOOD!!Terrific pics -doesn’t that go without saying?!! Have a Great Christmas! Keep posting these lovely goodies!!

  • Passionate baker...& beyond
    8 years ago

    Cakespy…thanks for checking out my cakes.
    Rina,Happy Cook Latha…thank you for the lovely words, & have a great Christmas too.
    Sunita…I was literally dreaming muffins at night. Can imagine the 250!!
    Hey Sunanda…you hit the nail on the head with the ‘cake-athon’!! Thanks!
    Thanks Nags,Got them from the US . They’re called muffin trays. They come in 2 sizes; for 6 & 12. You can also find mini-muffin & jumbo muffin trays there. Haven’t seen them here in Delhi.
    Hi Purnima…thanks for all the compliments:0).The curious little stars etc are hanging tree ornaments in zardozi that I picked up for our tree a couple of years ago in Delhi. Really pretty aren’t they?

  • Passionate baker...& beyond
    8 years ago

    Cakespy…thanks for checking out my cakes.
    Rina,Happy Cook Latha…thank you for the lovely words, & have a great Christmas too.
    Sunita…I was literally dreaming muffins at night. Can imagine the 250!!
    Hey Sunanda…you hit the nail on the head with the ‘cake-athon’!! Thanks!
    Thanks Nags,Got them from the US . They’re called muffin trays. They come in 2 sizes; for 6 & 12. You can also find mini-muffin & jumbo muffin trays there. Haven’t seen them here in Delhi.
    Hi Purnima…thanks for all the compliments:0).The curious little stars etc are hanging tree ornaments in zardozi that I picked up for our tree a couple of years ago in Delhi. Really pretty aren’t they?

  • Purnima
    8 years ago

    Deeba,yes indeed!The hangings in zardosi are way tooooo pretty and guess what..the craving for having cupcakes reached its height when I read this post in morning, I baked your perfect measure (18 regular muffins no more, no less)vanilla c.c tks to you and the lady whose recipe you baked frm! There are only 4 cups left with my both kids absolutely loving them, unexpected guests too thankfully visiting and getting a treat! Thanks a zillion Deeba! Have a great weekend(BTW your post on Ghost Do Pyaaza is too drool worthy!!!)

  • Purnima
    7 years ago

    Deeba, of my limited baking experience n skill, this was one cake which I baked while in Mumbai, my sil, mil and all other family members went ‘superbbbbb’ on it, cake vanished in matter of minutes! But trust me, getting my hands on unsalted butter was one big ordeal, had to get my sil buy fresh one frm Pune!! Tks so much for sharing this cake – mine seems to b borrowed glory (recipe-urs, glory – to me 😉 ) Wd u mind sharing which butter u use for ur baked goodies?

  • Purnima
    7 years ago

    Deeba, truly have lost count as to the no. of times I baked this glorious cake! I am baking one part as I type this note of thanks to you..also as u keep experimenting, last time I baked these (17th to celebrate my dad n bro’s bday’s -same day born!!) I happened to keep them after 10 mins of cooling in a close lid container..4 were out due to space limit of container. The difference was..ones those were out were dry on the outer side, but the container ones were moist n fluffy!! Now thru trial n error..the path to moist cakes is wt me! 😀 *can’t preci this!*

  • chinesischer grüner Tee
    6 years ago

    Those cupcakes surely look delicious. The decoration is wonderful. And vanilla is my favourite flavour in icecream. So I'm going to love this. Thanks for the recipe.

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