THIS Thursday marks the fourth birthday of Warrington mobile afternoon tea emporium and baking school Room Forty.

As you’ll be aware, Jen from Room Forty has been doing weekly live bake-a-longs for Warrington Guardian every Friday at 12pm via the Guardian’s coronavirus news Facebook page.

To celebrate the milestone, this week the theme will be cupcakes, decorated in any style, as cheerful and tasty as you can make them. Options will be given during the class!

Jen said: “We’re really proud to have made it to our fourth year in business, and although we’re not out there doing our vintage teas at the moment we still want to bring joy to people.

“I thought it would be a great idea to get people to join our celebration and send in pictures of themselves with their cake creations, with pictures in the next edition of Warrington Guardian.

“Room Forty will also bake 100 cakes and distribute them to key workers for a Friday afternoon treat to say thank you! If you wish to receive some please get in touch with Jen via email

“In this recipe I will show you how to make cupcakes and decorate them. If you have an electric whisk that’s great, but if you don’t have one you just need a strong arm.”

Note: the recipe says 2 large eggs, but if you can’t get them just weigh the eggs you do have and then use this measurement to weigh the flour, sugar and butter!


Paper cases and a muffin tray


Wooden spoon (or electric whisk)


Weighing scales


Fork or whisk


110g softened butter or margarine

110g caster sugar

2 large eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

110g self-raising flour


150g softened butter

300g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp milk

food colouring paste of your choice (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)