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JILL BAKES | ‘99’ Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are the perfect summery treat, and would be even better if we had some sunshine to enjoy them in!

A really easy and effective way to decorate cupcakes too!

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer



Makes 12 large cupcakes (14-16 if using muffin cases)

225g butter or spread, at room temp

225g caster sugar

4 large eggs, at room temp

225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream:

250g unsalted butter, at room temp

500g icing sugar

1-2tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate:


4 chocolate flakes cut into 3 equal pieces

Raspberry or strawberry dessert sauce



• Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases (or I used cute cardboard baking cups)

• In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and fluffy.

• Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder.

• Add an egg into the creamed butter and sugar and mix, then add a quarter of the flour and repeat until it’s all added. Add in the vanilla extract and mix gently.

• Fill the cupcake cases with the mixture - do not fill more than half full!

• Bake for 17-20 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool.

• Meanwhile make the buttercream. Beat the softened butter for 5-7 minutes until pale and fluffy in a stand mixer. Then add the sifted icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract and mix for a few minutes.

• Optional step: Cut out the centre of the cupcake with a corer and set aside. Fill the hole with a teaspoon of the dessert sauce or jam, then replace the cupcake centre.

• Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle with the buttercream. Pipe a ‘whippy ice cream’ swirl on each cupcake, add a piece of the flake, sprinkles and some sauce. Enjoy!



Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is a true Foodie who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 15,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

Head over to INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES by pressing the button below - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!

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