Valentines Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Nyina Vanilla Baking Mix

Why not try a little something different this Valentines day and make your loved one(s) a handmade gift in the form of cupcakes?! For this week only, baking mix delivery is also free and will be automatically added at the checkout. We have to spread the love right?!

Don’t forget to share your bakes with us via the hashtags #nyinabakingmix & #nyina.



  • 1 Nyina Vanilla Sponge Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 cupcake tin
  • 12-16 cupcake cases
  • 1 bottle of Tesco multicoloured heart sprinkles


  • 400g Icing sugar (sieved)
  • 200g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 piping bag
  • 1 drop of pink food colouring (add more to get the colour you wish)





Preheat the oven to 200C/180C for fan-assisted ovens. Grease and line the base of two 20cm (8 inch) round cake tins with greaseproof paper.

Place the cake mix, butter and eggs into a bowl. Beat together with an electric whisk for 30 secs. Stop, scrape down the bowl and mix for a further 30 secs.

Line a 12 holed cupcake tin with paper cases. Divide the batter between the 12-16 cupcake cases, filling three-quarters full. Bake for 14-16 mins until risen and lightly golden in colour or till a metal skewer comes out clean.

Transfer to a cooling rack and leaving to cool completely before decorating. 


Cut your butter into blocks.

In a bowl, add your icing sugar, butter, vanilla and food colouring.

Mix until light and fluffy.

Add the buttercream into the piping bag and cut about 1cm from the end.

Pipe in a circular motion and sprinkle with the love hearts.


Nyina Valentines Cupcakes - Sharon Cosgrove Photography


All images taken by Sharon Cosgrove Photography who is a commercial food and product photographer. 

Based in the heart of Belfast, Sharon photographs food and product for local businesses throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK.

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