Phil Vickery makes vanilla cupcakes

15 minutes. Makes 12



  • 125g (5oz) plain flour
  • 250g (9oz) Carnation Condensed Milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g (3oz) margarine or butter
  • 1½ tsp baking powder


  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 55g (2oz) margarine or butter, softened
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 1-2tbsp Carnation Condensed Milk
  • sugar sprinkles or cake decorations, to decorate

You will also need:

  • 12 hole muffin tin and muffin cases


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.
  2. Place the flour, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, margarine and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2-3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  3. Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for approximately 15-18 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown. Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Beat the icing sugar, butter and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Decorate as desired.


  • There are endless ways to decorate your cakes – find natural colourings, shimmery edible glitter and sprinkles in all good supermarkets and specialist cake shops.
  • For a really special occasion; decorate with sugared rose petals by simply dipping fresh rose petals in egg white, dusting with sugar and leaving to dry out overnight.
  • For a chocolate frosting – beat 3tbsp cocoa powder into the icing listed above.
  • If you want to make smaller cakes – place fairy cake cases into bun tins – this mixture should make 15-18 fairy cakes. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

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