Lorraine’s fabulous vanilla cupcakes

Before Covid we organised a major family festivity. My sister and brother-in-law both had special birthdays, and also a golden wedding to celebrate all in the same year. She, and all our nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, came to ‘ours’ for the weekend and we organise a weekend of festivities, all based around a golden theme.

There were quite a lot of us, we had a magnificent cake, but for other meals it seemed easier to have individual cup cakes.

I sought advice from a colleague who is the world expert on cupcakes. Whenever an occasion arises where they might be enjoyed, she is there bearing professionally stacked boxes of the most creative and glorious cupcakes you could imagine, all melt-in-the-mouth moments of pure enjoyment.

In the end she took pity on me. Catering for 25 for a weekend is a lot of hard work, and she shouldered the cupcake burden. But she did also, very generously, hand me the recipe. Here it is, years of trial and error, rolled into a few precious words to help you create heaven in a mouthful!  

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