Homemade Favours - Cupcakes

Making homemade favours for your guests doesn’t have to be a stress, and it will be totally worth it to see them receive something you have lovingly made.

I think cupcakes are a great idea, they are just the right size to give everyone a little sweet treat, especially if they are flagging late on in the afternoon or evening and need a little sugar hit. Decorate them how you wish, with stars, hearts, iced with your initials, iced with their initials, the possibilities are endless!


I used this BBC Food recipe and it makes the most amazingly springy and light cupcakes… I think the addition of the milk really makes all the difference! The icing recipe is also so delicious, it is now my ‘go to’ butter cream recipe.



  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk


  • 140g/5oz butter, softened
  • 280g/10oz icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • a few drops food colouring


I iced mine slightly differently by adding a layer of jam and then a fondant star but the iced versions I tried out during my afternoon tea bakeathon.

TOP TIPInstead of a large floral centre piece you could incorporate your favours into the table display, with smaller vases dotted around

Would you try making your own favours?