After caring and keeping a 2 year occupied for the morning, playing Peppa Pig and watching countless episodes of Paw Patrol, I grab a couple of hours to myself while the little one naps! There’s no other way to spend it than doing a bake off Wednesday!

Recipe used: good ole Mary Berry!! ☺️


175g butter, cut into large pieces

175g self-raising flour

175g caster sugar

½ tsp baking powder

3 large eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

175g butter, cut into large pieces

½ tsp vanilla extract

2-3 tbsp milk

350g icing sugar.


These cute cupcakes are perfect for baby showers, christenings and baby birthday parties. Swap the icing colour to suit your occasion.

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4, for fan ovens I used 160C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.

Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk or a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, Mine came out perfect at 21 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Make the icing: put the butter, vanilla extract, two tablespoons of the milk, and half the icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and pour in the rest of the milk if needed to make the icing the right consistency.

Put half of the icing into another bowl and colour it pale pink with the edible colouring. Carefully spoon this down one side of a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle, then spoon the non-coloured icing down the other side of the bag. Twist the end of the bag to seal the icing in.

Pipe swirls of the icing on top of each cupcake. Scatter with the edible pink hearts, or other sprinkles, to decorate.

I’m sure little R and the in laws shall love these. Try it out like they say baking is a good way to keep the brain active and what better way to spend your time when the little one naps.

Have fun.

L….. 😁