Tandy’s Cake into Cupcakes

I still wonder if there is a support group for people like me who just cannot resist the urge of turning every cake into cupcakes?  I just really like individual portions plus a cake can get all messy when you slice it.  A friend placed an “order” for more cupcakes and I remember seeing a recipe in Tandy’s book which I have had  for a while now and not having made anything from it yet, set to perusing her recipes, which are in alphabetical order so naturally I got to the cake recipe before the cupcake recipe which reminded me of a Nigella Lawson cake recipe and got stuck thinking this would surely work as cupcakes… Yes, they do!😀

Tandy’s Cake


125g self raising flour
125g sugar
125g softened butter
2 large eggs
¼ cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 orange – I omitted this
½ tsp vanilla extract – I used 1 tsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place off of the ingredients in to a bowl and mix together well.
  3. Pour into a lined and buttered baking tin alternatively divide the mixture into 12 muffin tins lined with paper cases.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes alternatively for 15 minutes in muffin cases.

I made a chocolate icing using 50g butter, 250g icing sugar, 10ml vanilla extract and if memory serves, 30ml cocoa powder and 30ml milk.

46 thoughts on “Tandy’s Cake into Cupcakes

    • Thanks Tandy. I am looking forward to trying something again soon – just can’t seem to stay ahead of everything at the moment – hoping it is just the time of year – well sounds great to use that as an excuse anyway. Have a happy weekend.🙂

  1. Oh Nigella is awesome but you are even better considering you made this cake into cupcakes. Not every cake can do that- so hats off to you for trying it out first and thanks to because now i know I can do it. Love the frosting and the cupcakes look so moist and yummy

  2. This made me laugh because I have a friend who doesn’t cook and called me once to ask why she couldn’t find cupcake mix at the grocery. I had to explain to her that she could use cake mix and put the batter into cupcake tins. It was an eye opening moment for her🙂.
    My daughter has made sticky toffee pudding to take for school parties for years and only recently did I think to make them in cupcake form so as to avoid the cutting and serving mess at school.. here they are


    Thanks for your fun post!

  3. Yummy! That thick chocolate icing on top is sooo tempting!
    And baking a cake instead of cupcake has its advantage too; that way I can have a very thin slice, it would be strange to have half a cupcake. 🙂 But cupcakes definitely look much cuter.

  4. I would love the idea of turning cake into cupcakes (and I agree – you do that often and I love it) because that way we can control the portion…and share it easily without dividing up the cake. Yummy chocolate frosting – you make it so easily all the time. I know I need to catch up on cupcake making one day…

  5. What beats chocolate on chocolate….nah nothing!
    wonderful cupcakes…I too had a cupcake job this week…catering for little schoolers…we had a wow of a time! Have a great weekend! x

  6. If there’s a support group, don’t you dare join it! We cupcake lovers need you cupcake innovators to keep us supplied and happy. And speaking as a cupcake lover, that is one scrumptious-looking cupcake!

    • Well then, in the interest of you, my cupcake lovers, I shall refuse point blank on joining any group! *Thinks of a new cupcake recipe to celebrate not joining a support group.* Have a super weekend ChgoJohn.🙂 xo

  7. I love cupcakes as well, easy to prepare and store. I can control my serving as well, with cakes I tend to get a big slice specially with a cake that looks good as the one on that photo.

  8. I may need to join that support group also. I just love the idea of cupcakes as pretty little gifts! And you’re so right, they don’t look messy like cutting into a cake!! leftovers are always perfect!!

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