The best cupcake recipe in the World!

This is by far the best cupcake recipe in the world. And don’t just take my word for it, try making them yourself! They are easy, nearly flop-proof ( I have made them in a variety of testing environments and in at least 3 different countries), moist and delicious. I even made them for my friends’ wedding…

Chocolate wedding cupcakes for Carina and Richard back in 2008.

Usually, I make them in the chocolate variety but for a friend’s baby shower last week, I made the as plain vanilla to match the pink icing.

Vanilla, girly cupcakes with strawberry icing (shop bought icing) for Alice and her baby.


1. Sift dry ingredients together:

  • 3 cup flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • (Can also add 2t instant coffee)

2. Mix wet ingredients together:

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 50ml white vinegar
  • 2 cups boiling water

3. Pour into paper lined cupcake tins (or if you are making a cake, into a 12 inch by 10 inch pan)
4. Bake for about 35 minutes at 180ºC (Cupcakes are done when a skewer comes out clean)


  • For plain vanilla cupcakes, leave the cocoa out.
  • I usually make Nigella’s royal icing if I want white icing.
  • If I want colours, I make royal icing and add food colouring or make (sinful) butter icing, adding cocoa to make it chocolaty.


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