Olympic cupcakes recipe

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Get in the Olympic spirit by making Victoria Threader's Olympic cupcakes. With soft vanilla sponge and a simple smartie decoration, these cupcakes will be a big winner with your family this summer

Makes12
SkillEasy
Preparation Time1 hours (including decorating)
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time1 hours 30 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Get in the Olympic spirit by making Victoria Threader's Olympic cupcakes. With soft vanilla sponge and a simple Smartie decoration, these cupcakes will be a big winner with your family this summer

Ingredients

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 130 self-raising flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 30ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Large box of Smarties

For the icing:

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3tbsps milk

For the toppers:

  • 350g white fondant
  • Edible gold paint
  • 1tsp icing sugar with a few drops of water

You will also need

:

  • 68mm scalloped side cutter
  • Fine paint brush
  • Alphabet embossers (optional)

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Method

    1. To make this cupcake recipe (opens in new tab), preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Place 12 cases in your muffin tin.
    2. Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
    3. Add 1 egg, 1/3 of the flour and a splash of milk and beat until just combined and repeat until all the ingredients are mixed.
    4. Fill the cases to 3/4 full and add a few Smarties to the tops. You can push them down into the batter with your finger if you want a flat top cupcake, then bake in the oven for 30 mins. Remove and cool in the pan for 5 mins before moving the to a wire rack.

    For the buttercream:

    1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth and shiny. Once the cakes are cool, spread onto the tops of the cupcakes.

    For the toppers:

    1. Roll out 350g of white fondant and cut 12x 68mm scalloped circles, paint the words Good Luck with a fine brush with the edible gold paint (using the alphabet embossers if you have them) and leave to dry on a piece of greaseproof or on a large drying sponge.
    2. Mix 1tsp of icing sugar with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Arrange the Smarties onto the toppers and stick in place with a touch of the icing paste. Place the finished toppers on the iced cupcakes.
Top Tip for making Olympic cupcakes

If you're not a fan of Smarties you could always use bright-coloured jelly sweets instead!

Victoria Threader
Victoria Threader

Victoria Threader is 'the queen of cupcakes' and a contributing Recipe Writer at GoodTo. Not only can she bake delicious cupcakes, she can decorate them too - with each of Victoria’s cupcakes topped with handmade edible toppers. Some of her most popular cupcakes include: rainbow cupcakes, hidden shape cupcakes and even giant cupcakes.