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Recipe for ileri’s vanilla cupcakes now included!

Vanilla. This is undoubtedly my favorite smell in the world! at a close second is lavender (which is also an aphrodisiac) I love vanilla! it makes me happy! it makes everything feel fresh and clean and alive. Its just such a refreshing scent and I always try to add vanilla flavors into as many meals as I can. I remember going to mexico a few years ago and what did i bring back? huge jars of pure vanilla extract. it was the most pure version i have ever smelled! I was so sad when the last bottle finished. Its all good though, I make mine these days with vanilla bean! It is very easy but for today I wanted to show case one of my friends talents. The recipe for today is a basic vanilla cupcake but Ileri’s cupcakes look anything but normal! This girl is so talented! I am a huge fan of people that do things well! And unlike a lot of the cupcake companies out there with tacky decors and mediocre art, Ileri has grown her art and had taught herself to bake like a professional and I am so proud of her! I love her work and she is blessing us with a recipe today!

Vanilla  Cupcake Recipe:



  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 130g self-raising flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream

  • 100g butter, room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Equipment you’ll need 

  • Cupcake Tin
  • Cupcake Cases
  • Hand Mixer 


  • Preheat your oven to 170°C.
  • Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla extract for 1 minute.
  • Add egg one at a time to the mixture, till it is properly incorporated
  • Add milk to make the consistency smoother of the mixture
  • Combine the flour and cornflour in a separate bowl
  • Combine the flour & Cornflour with the mixture and beat until just combined.
  • Divide the batter between the 12 cases and bake for 25-30 mins
Vanilla Buttercream:
  1. To make the buttercream: Add butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl, then beat for about 3-5 mins with an electric whisk.


If you live in the UK and need cupcakes/Cakes for ANY event please contact my talented friend Illeri! This is her http://www.facebook.com/LeriLeBlancPatisserie?fref=ts and her twitter handle. Hope you enjoyed!

Till next time




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  1. Went on Illeri’s facebook page, and all I can say is WOW! She makes the most amazing cakes, the cupcakes even look too pretty to eat! Very creative. WIsh she had a shop where we could just go in and pick a cupcake or two or three on a regular lol

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