I too had a crack at vanilla cupcakes today. Mila and i baked a batch in the morning before i headed off to pick up Harriet for some crafty good times. I used a recipe out of Ladies, a Plate (one of my favourite cookbooks in case you hadn't guessed- thanks again little sister for some astute Christmas gift giving!)
Later in the evening i finally got round to icing them with a vanilla butter cream type icing. I tried to have a go at piping but it turned out disastrous and in frustration i had to scoop all the icing back out of my plastic bag piper and just smear it on with a knife- the end result is tasty but lacking in finesse...Can you tell?!!!