Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


You're a Star Cupcakes with Just Bake

If the name of my blog didn't give it away I am a bit of a cupcake obsessive, they really are the king of all baked goods and I just love baking and decorating these little beauties! I have a three tier wire veggie rack in my kitchen dedicated solely to various cake/bake related paraphernalia and the top tier is almost completely sprinkles.

I love baking for friends and family, nothing makes me happier than rocking up at someone's house with a few buttercream laden goodies to share over a cup of tea.

I really don't think there is any occasion that cupcakes can not add that special something to. New baby, wedding, christening, new house, new job, thank yous, or just to let someone know you appreciate them.

I made these cupcakes on Friday, mainly because I had been having a really bad week and needed to spend some quality time with my kitchen. Also, I am heading over to a friends house on Saturday night for a bit of a girls night and I thought they would love something sweet.

I dubbed these my "You're a Star" cupcakes, they would be great for teacher gifts, or maybe for someone who has passed exams, or just generally been a star!

Now onto the recipe;

Orange Blossom Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

  • 225g Butter
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • half a tsp Orange Blossom Water
  • Grated Zest of half an orange

    Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, creamy and pale.

    Add the eggs one at a time, whisking as you go, until fully combined. If the mixture starts to split, add a tablespoon of your flour.

    Add the sieved flour and fold until just combined.

    Divide into cupcake cases (fill two thirds full)

    Bake for 25 minutes at 180C (tops should be golden and springy to touch)

    Let them cool completely and then top with buttercream, I used a Wilton 1M and opted for a small swirl in the centre, topped with sprinkles and a white chocolate star.