Vanilla Cupcakes – slightly healthy

June 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

I don’t think Cupcakes could ever really be considered healthy, however with this recipe I have adjusted the ratio of butter and sugar to that of flour to feel ever so slightly less guilty about eating one (or five) of them. For those with a sweet tooth, fear not, the icing sugar decoration gives it that extra sweetness your taste buds are craving!


Ingredients (Makes 10 Cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes

4oz Light Butter
4oz Caster Sugar
6oz Self Raising Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Beaten Eggs

For the Butter Icing

4oz Light Butter
8oz Icing Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Skimmed Milk
1 Drop of food colouring (optional)

Approx 20 mins to cook.

For the Cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to around 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3, depending on your oven may have to reduce or increase slightly and place the empty cupcake holders into the tray. In a bowl firstly mix together the butter and sugar to a creamy texture.
  2. Sieve in all the flour and the baking powder and gradually add in the 3 beaten eggs, folding in the mixture at the same time.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and give the mixture a final fold, making sure everything is combined, yet not over mixing the ingredients.
  4. Equally divide the mixture into the cupcake cases, about 2/3 of the way up. Place in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Lick the bowl.

For the Butter Icing:
  1. Whilst the cupcakes are cooking and filling your home with yummy smells, place the butter into a bowl and mixture to create a creamy texture.
  2. Sieve in the icing sugar and mix well.
  3. Add the milk until you get a smooth consistency.
  4. You can either leave the icing this colour or add a drop of food colouring to brighten them up a little.
  5. Wait until the cupcakes are cooled and apply the icing as desired.

There you have it, with the help of less sugar and butter, you have ever so slightly healthy cupcakes. Enjoy!

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