I am still on my quest to find the perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe. Today I tried the BBC recipe and it is better than the one in ‘500 Cupcakes’, however I will have to try it again as I forgot to add the milk which may improve them more. I was however very pleased with my icing. I bought strawberry essence which I was going to use with pink food colouring. When I opened the bottle the essence smelled very artificial, as I had fresh strawberries I decided instead to mix my butter icing in the food processor with 3 fresh strawberries and use no milk or cream. The result was delightful! I am not anal about food colouring but it is so much better to have natural flavour and colour.