Great cupcakes: it’s all about the base

March 9, 2018 6:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are some amazing cupcakes out there. Piled high with frosting, iced to a perfect glaze, dazzlingly sprinkled, beautifully sculpted – they’re works of art! But no matter how good the stuff on the top is, if you haven’t got a great basic cake underneath, then you haven’t got a great cupcake. For us, cupcakes are all about the base!

Making a great base

A cupcake base should be firm enough to ice and decorate, robust enough to keep a good shape whilst baking, but soft enough to give that lovely fluffy sensation when eating. That’s not always an easy task – but it’s the key to making the perfect cupcake. Once you’ve mastered it, the world’s your oyster. Frost your cakes, colour them, ice or glaze them, use a nozzle or a chisel to sculpt them, sprinkle them, mould them, daub and adorn them – the sky’s the limit.

Today, we’re sharing our recipe for the perfect cupcake base. In return, we’d love you to share your creations with us! We’ve got a new hashtag: #naturallygoodfoodshare. Make an amazing cupcake and tag us in your social posts – we’d love to see just what the NGF community can do!

Perfect cupcake base recipe

Use small or medium-sized paper cases, in a bun tray. Don’t overfill your cakes – and check their readiness with a skewer or a press of the finger (the cakes should bounce back when ready). Cool well before decorating.

The ingredients are given in ounces, because that’s by far the easiest way to remember them.


6 oz self-raising flour

6 oz granulated sugar

6 oz butter or baking margarine

3 eggs

Pinch of salt

Dash of vanilla extract


You simply need to mix all this together. If you’ve got an electric mixer, your job is easy. Even without one, it’s not a hard task. Just make sure you whisk well, to get plenty of air into the cakes.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for around 10-15 minutes (perfection will depend on your individual oven, so check carefully from 10 minutes onwards)!



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