The kids are going to love making these farm animal cupcakes. To make a batch of 12 farm animal cupcakes it will take 50 mins to prepare and decorate and 20 mins to cook. This recipe makes 3 different farm animals; pigs, dogs and sheep using marshmallows and other sweet goodies.
Annabel Karmel says: ‘They really are the sweetest animals on the farm!’ To decorate the cakes you will need: Marshmallows, biscuits, chocolate buttons, colourful sweets and tubes of writing icing. Not forgetting some food colouring for the pink pig cupcakes!
For the cupcakes:
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 110g caster sugar
- 110g soft margarine
- 110g self–raising flour
For the icing:
- 110g butter, softened
- 250g icing sugar, sifted
- 1tbsp water
- Food colouring
Recipes taken from My Favourite Recipes by Annabel Karmel (published by DK, £8.99)
To make this cupcake recipe, heat the oven to 180˚C/ 350˚F/Gas 4. Beat together the eggs, vanilla, caster sugar, margarine, and flour.
Line a bun tin with paper cake cases, and half fill each case with the cake mixture.
Bake for 18–20 minutes. When done, the cakes will rise up, turn golden in colour, and spring back when pressed.
For the icing, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar. Then beat in the water. If you’re making the pigs add a few drops of red or pink food colouring for pink icing.
To make the marshmallow sheep, spread a thick layer of butter icing over the top of the cupcakes.
Stick on marshmallows – large for heads, halved for ears, and mini ones for woolly coats. Use writing icing for glue.
To make puppy cakes, stick biscuit ears on icing and use chocolate buttons and sweets for eyes and noses.
To make piggy cakes, stick on a nose made from a large marshmallow and ears made from slices of marshmallow.
Draw the faces on your animals using writing icing squeezed from a tube.
This is what the puppy cakes will look like once decorated.
This is what the piggy cakes will look like once decorated.
And finally what the sheep cakes will look like once decorated.