Birthday Cupcakes


My birthday was this past week and I decided to take on a task I have never done before. Make my own birthday cupcakes. Now I’ve made cupcakes before, but I usually just cheat and used boxed cake mix. However, this time I decided to make them from scratch. I actually got this recipe from Anna Saccone on YouTube and just changed the decoration to match a birthday rather than 4th of July. You can check out her video here, and I’ve also transcribed the recipe down below:

For the cupcakes you’ll need:

2 3/4 cups plain flour                                  3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt                                                 3/4 cups butter softened

1 2/3 cups sugar                                        5 egg whites

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract                              1 1/4 cups milk

38 glacé cherries chopped                         1/2 tsp almond extract


For the glaze you’ll need:

3 cups icing sugar                                      3-4 tbsp water

2 tbsp golden syrup                                   1/2 tsp almond extract



1) Preheat your oven to 350F.

2) Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3) In a separate bowl beat the butter on medium speed.

4) Gradually add the sugar (1/4 cup at time) to the butter until all the sugar has been added, then allow to beat for 2 minutes.

5) Beat in the egg whites one at a time and add the vanilla extract.

6) At a low speed alternate adding the flour mixture (1/3 at a time) and the milk (1/2 at a time). Then add the almond extract.

7) Stir in the glacé cherries and spoon batter into the cupcake tin.


8) Bake for 18 -20 minutes, then allow cakes to cool.

9) Beat all the ingredients for the glaze together until smooth, then glaze cooled cupcakes. I wanted the glaze to be coloured rather than white, so I added a little bit of food colouring to the glaze.

finishedThese cupcakes were absolutely delicious! They’re not too sweet and the almond and cherry flavours are just amazing together. This recipe will definitely impress everyone at your next party.