So here's how it went! ... The recipe below will make 9 cupcakes (there were 9 of us bowling for my friend's birthday and they fit SO well in a cake box for her!!) and we have a TONNE of baking at home leftover from the youth group's 2nd annual Fun(d) Fair that we didn't need any more for just us! But do double up the recipe to make more, especially if you're treating your Mum this Sunday!
4oz unsalted butter
4oz vanilla sugar (or regular sugar for slightly less vanilla flavour)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 self-raising flour
1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F/190°C and line cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
2. Cream together the butter and the vanilla sugar. A long while ago, after baking with vanilla pods, I thought about using the leftover pod and adding it to a mason jar full of sugar. Since then I hadn't used the vanilla sugar, but when I opened up the jar on Sunday the smell was perfect! An extra hit of vanilla to make these a double vanilla cupcake :-)