Smarties cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 10 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • Moist chocolate cupcakes with a swirl of fudge frosting made with condensed milk on top. Get the kids to help you decorate these with Smarties or other sweets. Is there anything else more satisfying than a lovely chocolate cupcake? Whether you’ve got friends popping round for tea or need something special for a birthday party, this chocolate cupcake recipe is a great one to try. Top it with a chocolate buttercream spread to make it even more special.


    • For the
    • cupcakes:
    • 100g (3 1/2oz) plain flour
    • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder
    • 250g (9oz) condensed milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
    • 85g (3oz) 70% fat buttery spread
    • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
    • For the
    • frosting and Smarties decoration:
    • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
    • 2tbsp cocoa powder
    • 55g (2oz) 70% fat buttery spread, softened
    • Few drops vanilla extract
    • 1-2tbsp condensed milk (try Carnation condensed milk)
    • 2 boxes mini smarties, to decorate
    • You will also need:
    • 12-hole muffin tin
    • 12 cupcake or muffin cases


    • To make this cupcake recipe: Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases.

    • Place the flour, cocoa powder, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, buttery spread and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2 – 3 mins until pale and fluffy.

    • Spoon the cupcake mixture into the cases and bake for approximately 15 – 18 mins until springy to the touch and golden brown. Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling wire rack to cool completely.

    • For the frosting and decoration: Beat the icing sugar, cocoa powder, buttery spread and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Decorate with the smarties.

    Top tip for making Smarties cupcakes

    Let your imagination run wild with toppings for your cupcakes - there are loads of great decorations in the shops or use chopped nuts, banana chips, curls of chocolate or silver balls.

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