Captive Cupcakes


Week 4 of lockdown. There’s only so much Disney movies, Netflix questions about PPE that one family can take. So after an exhausting day of homeschooling; zoom exercising; remote teaching; gardening and homemade macaroni cheese my daughter decided we all make cupcakes together.

Usually after we’ve eaten our evening meal there is hardly an more movement (she wasn’t having it). She took all the ingredients out of the cupboard and placed them on the table. She said: ‘you’re not telling me you’re too tired – so we baked as a family. Surprisingly, it was great fun. I measured the sugar and butter; my husband whipped the eggs and my daughter measured the flour; prepared the cupcake tray and she put the oven on.

The delicious smell of vanilla floated through the house and in 15 minutes we had the perfect cupcakes.

There’s something really satisfying about working together as a family. I know everyone’s saying it but living in London every day is rushing around almost resenting the time it takes to work on something together with no time constraints.

Well here’s the simple recipe I used:


  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g butter
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Cream together butter and sugar
  • Beat eggs and add gradually to sugar and butter
  • Add vanilla essence
  • Add flour mix ingredients together
  • Spoon mixture into cupcake cases
  • Place in oven 180
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool then decorate

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