Cream the butter and sugar until light and smooth, in a bowl whisk the eggs until combined then add to the sugar and butter mix together. Stir in the vanilla extract and then finally sieve the flour and add to the wet mixture to form a smooth batter. Divide into cupcake cases and put in the oven on the middle shelf until a skewer comes out clean )approx 20 -25 mins depending on appliance).
While the cupcakes are cooking mix all of the vanilla frosting ingredients together remember to sift icing sugar and have the butter or margarine at room temperature to combine easily.
Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, put the frosting in a piping bag and frost as desired. You could also add ffoods colour gel to the frosting and the cake batter too.
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