Julie Goodwin's Vanilla Cupcakes with Rosy Icing

Makes 24 cupcakes.



4 cruelty-free eggs
2 cups caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
125 grams butter


190 grams butter, at room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons rose water
3 cups icing mixture, sifted
3-4 drops red food colouring


  1. Preheat oven to 160⁰C (140⁰C fan forced). Line two 12-hole cupcake trays with paper patty cases.
  2. In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs for four to five minutes or until pale and creamy.
  3. With the mixer still running, gradually add the caster sugar and continue to beat for three to four minutes. The mixture is ready when it forms a ribbon. This means when the paddle or a spoon is lifted out of the mixture, a trail is left across the surface for a moment before it sinks.
  4. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Fold through the egg mixture
  6. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. In the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stovetop, heat the milk and butter until just melted. Gently fold this through the batter.
  8. Divide the batter between the patty cases.
  9. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly risen and a light golden brown. A skewer inserted into the centre will come out clean.
  10. Leave the cupcakes in the tray for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until lighter in colour.
  2. Add the vanilla and rosewater, and mix for a moment to combine.
  3. Sift the icing mixture into the bowl and start to combine on a low speed.
  4. When the mixture is all wet, increase the speed, and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Put a few drops of food colouring into the bowl and mix for a delicate, pale rose colour.
  6. Place the icing in a piping bag with a one-centimetre star-shaped nozzle and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. For an extra touch of elegance, they can be topped with pink icing roses and green leaves.