simple party cakes

After sending keira off to school with 22 cupcakes, I realised that I didn’t have enough butter left to make another cake for the family that night! Mini crisis! Elodie was overtired and crying, the twins still hadn’t had lunch, I couldn’t face a quick trip to the shops for butter and there really was no butter left in the fridge. Oh no wait! What do I see? I found 50g butter wrapped up in glad wrap from earlier in the week.


And so I went to old faithful, my CWA cookbook, and found 1 minute cake. Yipee it only needed 1 Tbsp  of melted butter. So I tweaked the recipe to make it fancier and use what I did have. And I’ve got to say SUCCESS! You might like to call this ‘I just have enough butter to make a cake’ cake or ‘mummy has saved the day’ cake. Or how about ‘save yourself a trip to the supermarket’ cake.

simple party cakes
1 cup self raising flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

50g butter melted

3 eggs

3 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract or essence but I like the little vanilla bits in the paste)


Sift flour into mixing bowl and add sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. Beat for 30 seconds or so until just combined. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula then beat for another 2 minutes on medium. Divide between 12 cupcake wrappers. Bake for 15 -20 minutes in 180 degree oven then cool on cooling rack. These are lovely, light and moist and I don’t think you’ll need to use a fancy cupcake recipe or a packet mix again!!!! Try not to eat them straight away or you’ll find the edges of your cake stick to your paper wrapping. Let them cool first.


my very easy and delicious frosting

90g butter, softened

90g cream cheese, softened

500g icing mixture

1-2Tbsps milk

happy birthday keira!

Beat butter and cream cheese for a minute or two until paler in colour then add in icing sugar gradually and the milk. Keep adding icing sugar until frosting is thick and creamy. I also add a drop of colouring when my icing is the right consistency as my kitchenaid distributes the colour better than I do with a spatula.


  1. Emergency Cupcakes! Don’t you just love all the stuff you can find in a fridge when you’re desperate!

  2. I love quick and easy mixes, thank you for the recipe. I think we might just be making this on the weekend. xo

  3. They look so light and low-fat too! Must give these a try.

  4. Beautiful new header!

  5. Wow!!thats sounds nice!! just what u need to save urself that trip to the groery store!

  6. Love recipes that call for only a little of butter (especially when its the emergency ration!!) The CWA came to the party! Thanks for this recipe. I tried your chocolate cake from last week and it was a great success!

  7. Oh wow that is the best thing. I was just thinking i need a no-fail cupcake recipe and there you were.
    Thank you.

  8. ours are in tge oven but I added poppy seeds and blood orange zest/juice!

  9. I do love a recipe saviour, nothing more annoying than being short of just one ingredient.
    Sounds like you really did save the day… and the result looks delicious!

  10. Yummy looking cupcakes! I totally need. Kitchen aid, will have to start saving up for one!!!

    Hint on the no butter situation, I always buy 2 blocks, one for the fridge and one for the freezer (trick is to remember to buy another 2 when I pull the spare block from the freezer!!!)

  11. Made these this afternoon. Some for me and some for our neighbours as a thank you. Everyone loved them :)

  12. I made your icing for a cake I was taking to my Dad’s. That is now my go-to recipe for a cream cheese icing. Perfection.


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