Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Line your muffin trays.
Melt the butter. Split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds.
Use an electric whisk to beat the eggs and the sugar until you obtain a pale and fluffy mixture. Gradually whisk in the melted butter and then incorporate the sifted flour and the seeds from the vanilla pod.
Once the cake mix is smooth, fill your muffin/cupcake molds.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool a little before removing from the molds then place on a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Soften the butter to room temperature and cut into cubes. Whisk the butter with the icing sugar to make a buttercream icing. Add the food colouring to obtain the desired colour - you could even make different coloured batches of icing.
Use a spoon or spatula to spread the icing on to the cupcakes and decorate with hundred and thousands, candied fruits etc.
«Fill the cupcake cases to the 3/4 mark - this will leave them enough room to rise without overflowing.»
Cupcakes delicately scented with vanilla and topped with coloured icing - a real feel-good treat!