This easy cupcake recipe below is the perfect base for lots of decoration ideas. You can find the basic recipe below as well as lots of fun ideas for animal cupcakes – great for parties and special occasions.
Makes 10 cupcakes
Suitable for freezing un-iced
You will need
- 100g (4 oz) soft margarine
- 100g (4 oz) caster sugar
- 100g (40z) flour
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4.
- Put all of the ingredients into a bowl or food processor and beat together until smooth.
- Line a bun tin with paper cases and half fill each case with the mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes until well risen and the cakes spring back when you press them with your fingertips.
Marshmallow sheep cupcakes
Large white marshmallows 100g (4 oz) butter, softened
Mini white marshmallows 225g (8 oz) icing sugar sieved
Tube if black writing icing 1 tbsp water
To make the butter cream, sieve the icing sugar. Beat the butter in an electric mixer until creamy, then gradually stir in the icing sugar. Finally beat in the tablespoon of water. Spread a layer of butter cream over the cupcakes using a palette knife and make a small mound of butter cream in the centre. Arrange the mini marshmallows in two circles around the edge of the cakes.
Arrange some halved mini marshmallows on the top of the mound of and behind the sheep’s head to prop it up. Cute the large marshmallow in half and place on either side of the sheep’s face to make ears – they will stick naturally because the cut side of the marshmallow is very sticky. Arrange some halved mini marshmallows on top of and behind the sheep’s head. Draw eyes and a nose on the face using the black writing icing.
Pink piggy cupcakes
Pink food colouring pink marshmallows
Black and red writing icing
See marshmallow sheep for buttercream icing. Mix a few drops of the food colouring with the buttercream and spread the pink icing on top of the cakes. Stick on a nose made from a large marshmallow and the ears made from slices of marshmallow. Draw eyes and a smile using red icing writing and make the snout using black icing.
Puppy dog cupcakes
Yellow or brown M & M’s or smarties Giant chocolate buttons
Black icing writing Langue du chat biscuits
Spread on the buttercream icing as with the marshmallow sheep, then stick on the biscuit ears and use sweets for the eyes and noses. Use black icing writing to draw on the pupils of the eyes and the mouths.
AK Team x