NZ Woman's Weekly

Best-ever cupcakes

  • Total time

    30 minutes
  • Servings


You have never had cupcakes like these before – they are the best. We decorated them with passionfruit icing and topped each one with an edible flower.

Ready in 30 minutes, makes 14

  • 125g soft butter
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs (number 6)
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • Passionfruit pulp

1. Preheat oven to 160ºC fan bake.

2. Place softened butter into cake mixer and beat until white for 5 minutes, then add sugar and continue to beat.

3. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Sift in flour and add milk and beat quickly, but surely (10 beats is ideal). Do not over-mix.

4. Place into cupcake cases and bake for about 25 mins – or when spongy to touch – and pale golden brown.

5. Cover with passionfruit icing, then split and fill with freshly whipped cream, or leave as is.

Passionfruit Icing

Beat together 2 cups icing sugar, 1 tbsp soft butter and 1 tbsp cream cheese, thinning to the right consistency with passionfruit syrup.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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