Saturday, July 30, 2011

Babycakes with Butter Cream

I had such a ball at my baby shower. I honestly believe there is something almost tribal about getting together with your closest gals and celebrating the imminent arrival of a new babe. Like a rite of passage into motherhood. And downright good fun too. I organised my own shower and actually wanted to. Lots of games, plenty of laughs and a smorgasbord of deliciousness to feast on. 

I love a good cupcake and found this recipe about 5 years ago. It's straight out of a Women's Weekly pocket book of Cupcakes and Cookies. Soft and spongy cake, topped with super sweet butter cream. Mouth watering. I made these (only a larger cupcake version) for my own baby shower and they were a smash hit. One of my sister-in-laws still talks about them. Tomorrow, her son's (my nephew) wife is having her baby shower, so I thought it would be perfect to whip up a batch to take along. Here is the recipe, it's a cinch!


125g butter, softened and chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
3 eggs
225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
60ml (1/4 cup) milk

Butter Cream

125g Butter, softened and chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line two patty pans with paper cases
Combine butter, vanilla extract, sugar, eggs, sifted flour and milk
Beat on low speed using an electric mixer until ingredients are just combined
Increase speed to medium, beat about 3 mins or until mixture is smooth and pale in colour
Divide mixture among cases and bake approx 15 mins
Turn cakes top side up on a wire rack to cool
Spread tops of cakes with butter cream and decorate as desired

The pinky hues for decoration as we know bubs is a girl!


  1. Oh I do love a good cupcake. I'm planning a friend's baby shower and fortunately have another friend making the most divine of cupcakes for it...sadly they are something I have never had success with.


  2. I love cupcakes! and they look delicious! x

  3. Glad you had a wonderful time at your baby shower. Cupcakes are a fun to eat and pretty to look at.

  4. Oh, how scrumptious, Julie! Yet another recipe to try out ☺. J x

  5. Ohh Yum .. they would be perfect with my cup of tea!!

  6. Planning on baking cupcake this week (my first try).

  7. Delish. The vanilla extract adds that something extra to the butter cream.

    I'm new to blogging but an old fan of cupcakes... well, any cakes really! Looking forward to further recipes :o)



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