Charming Cupcakes

Dear Tala Friends,

National Cupcake Week will soon be upon us. It is a great time to experiment creating new cupcake designs, which I love to see. I have posted a simple, delicious recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes for you to try. I would be delighted to see your pictures.


Ms Taylor

The Recipe


To make 12 cupcakes

110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream icing:
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2tbsp milk
A few drops of food colouring

Preparation Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Beat in the eggs and stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Fold in the flour, adding a little milk. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases. They should be 3/4 full if using a Tala bun tray, which has double layer non-stick coating and is heavy gauge.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
5. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
6. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
7. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.
8. Spoon the icing into the Tala silicone piping bag. The large icing nozzles in this set are perfect for creating swirls on the top of cupcakes.

Top Tip:
For extra decoration, use the plunger cutters with fondant icing. Press & release the shape for instant decoration.

Your shopping list

Tala, originating from Taylor and Law, has been associated with baking and icing for over 100 years - since 1899.
We still proudly own catalogues ranging from the 1920's up untill today, containing products which are still made in the same way; lovely, English manufacturing.

Traditional methods are used to manufacture most of our products. This involves production by hand, by a small team of skilled people behind the high quality of each product.
A priority of Tala has always been to create products that are built to last. Take an icing nozzle manufactured in the 1920's, and it will still fit an icing syringe made today. So we couldn't be more honest when we say you are using products that your mothers and grandmothers have always used.

Icing and Frosting Perfection

Perfectly icing cakes is a skill many find difficult. Tala, icing and baking experts since 1899, have created tools to make your cake decorating as simple as possible. Please see the tools above with instructions included on the product pages and packaging. These are essential for beginners and experienced cake decorators when producing their own masterpieces.
Ms Taylor

The Recipe

...for a perfectly decorated cake.

Essential tools and tips when making cakes for special occasions. Many produced and used by Tala fans for over 50 years.

Your shopping list
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Click the link below for information on care and usage for our flour sifters.

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Contact Ms Taylor by email

If you would like further help or any additional advise write to me, Ms Taylor.

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