There are a few recipes I’ve now made enough times to know them off by heart and this vanilla cupcake recipe is one of them. I think the fact it’s just so easy to throw together (seriously it only takes 10 minutes to have these ready to go in the oven – you can soften your butter using the defrost setting of your microwave) and it’s easy to make so many variations, means it’s a regular in our house. While there is nothing wrong with a plain iced cupcake – in fact I often crave the simplicity of one, I’ve also used this recipe to create cupcakes filled with M&M’s and chocolate chips.
Growing up we always referred to these gorgeous little treats as ‘butterfly cakes’. For us, the small pieces of cake standing proudly on top reminded us of Butterfly wings, others disagree and argue these are ‘Fairy Cakes’ and I can certainly see their point of view. No matter if you call these Butterfly or Fairy Cakes they are simple to make and taste delicious.