- 270 g unsalted English butter
- 120 g Fairtrade caster sugar
- 2 medium British free-range eggs
- 1 tsp Madagascan vanilla extract
- 120 g British self-raising flour
- 250 g icing sugar
- Food colouring in assorted pastel colours
- 12 mini Easter eggs to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180ºC,fan 160ºC, gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with Sainsbury’s paper fairy cake cases. Beat together 120g of the butter with the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, vanilla and flour and beat until combined. Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the icing. Using an electric handwhisk, beat the remaining butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add half the icing sugar and continue to beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and continue beating until creamy.
Divide the icing between three bowls and colour each differently for a pastel rainbow of cupcakes. A little food colouring goes a long way, so start with a drop or two and mix well.
Fit a large nozzle onto a piping bag and fill with icing. Hold the nozzle end with one hand (usually your writing hand). Squeeze the top of the bag with your other hand to make the icing flow through. Start by making a circle around the edge of the cakes and work towards the middle. Twist the bag to finish. Decorate with the mini Easter eggs.