Foolproof Cupcakes

Sometimes I like to reward (bribe) my kids with cake. My bar for judging good girl behaviour is as low as my housework bar in that if we can get through breakfast without anyone being rugby tackled then its cake o’clock. Earlier I walked in on my two year old cutting the 1 year old a slice of banana with a toy sword and my first thought was ‘Yey! they’re finally learning to share’


The one thing that my toddler always wants to cook is cupcakes. Possibly because the first part involves mixing butter and sugar together which she then eats in spoonfuls until I throw a few eggs in to put her off.


This is a very simple 4 ingredient recipe which works just as well doubled and put into 2 sandwich tins to make a Vicky sponge. If your feeling fancy pop a pinch of salt and spoonful of vanilla in too but I’ve never had a child say “mmm the hint of Madagascan vanilla is only enhanced by the pinch of salt, mammy” so for the sake of simplicity here it is;

You will need cupcake cases and a 12 cup muffin tray:


  • 100g (1 cup) Self Raising Flour (if using all purpose flour also add a teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 100g (1 stick or half cup) Softened Butter
  • 100g (3/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180°C (325°F)

Beat the butter and sugar together until it’s nice and creamy (very technical of course). Beat in the 2 eggs. Add the flour and mix in until its all combined into a nice beige batter.

Pop the cases in the muffin tray and spoon in the mix. Bake in the oven for 12- 15 minutes or until lovely and golden.

If your feeling brave decorate with whatever sweeties you have in your treat (bribe) jar and enjoy 😊


By bakingwithkidsandcath

Sharing our baking on Instagram @Baking_With_kids messy mum of 2 toddlers with easy recipes for screen-free fun 😀

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