Animal cupcakes recipe

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makes: 10
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • Cupcakes are always popular with the kids but young ones will love these animal decorated ones – perfect for afternoon snacks or birthday parties


    • 125g butter (at room temperature) or margarine 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter(room temp) or margarine
    • 125g caster sugar two thirds cup superfine sugar
    • Half tsp lemon zest
    • 2 eggs
    • 125g self raising flour 1 cup plus 1 tbsp self rising flour
    • ¼ tsp baking powder
    • For the buttercream:
    • 225g icing sugar sifted superfine sugar, sifted
    • 100g soft unsalted butter 1 stick butter at room temperature
    • 1 tbsp milk
    • ½tsp vanilla essence
    • Alternatively you can use ready prepared vanilla and chocolate frosting
    • To decorate:
    • Teddy Bear
    • Chocolate frosting (bought)
    • Chocolate buttons
    • Mini chocolate Digestive biscuits
    • White and red jelly beans
    • Black Writing Icing
    • Frog
    • Green food colouring
    • White chocolate buttons (resting on cocktail sticks pushed into the side of the cupcake)
    • Green jelly beans
    • Green Writing Icing
    • White Writing Icing
    • Piggy
    • Pink food colouring
    • Pink marshmallows
    • Mini candy coated chocolate beans
    • Licorice Allsorts
    • Marhsmallow Sheep
    • Large white marshmallows
    • Mini marshamallows
    • Black Writing Icing
    • Pussy Cat
    • Yellow M&Ms
    • Black Writing Icing
    • Licorice Allsorts
    • Panda
    • Chocolate Butttons
    • Brown M&M’s
    • Mini brown chocolate coated candy
    • White Writing Icing


    • Pre heat the oven to 180C Fan 160C. (US 350F)

    • Line a muffin tin with 10 paper cases. Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, flour and baking powder into the bowl and beat in an electric food mixer until smooth.

    • Divide the mixture between the paper cases and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.

    • Remove from the oven and cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

    • Whilst the cupcakes are baking you can prepare the icing. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar , the milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.. You can divide the icing into a few bowls and colour with a few drops of food colouring.

    • Once the cakes are cold swirl some of the icing on top of the cakes and decorate them to look like animals using the sweets, writing icing and mini cookies..

    • For the Marshmallow sheep simply cut one of the large marshmallows in half to make the ears. 

    Top tip for making Animal cupcakes

    These cakes can be made up to 1 month in advance and frozen in a plastic box. Defrost at room temperature for around 1 hour then ice as above.

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