Afternoon tea cupcakes

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  • Makes: 16

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

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These afternoon tea cupcakes are lighter than air and make the perfect addition to your afternoon tea spread. You can easily make a whole bunch of them to serve at a birthday party if you want to swap a classic birthday cake for something a little different that's easier to share. They're so pretty and you can get creative with the colours you use to decorate them if you'd like to do something a little different.

Victoria says: 'I like to use the large side of the melon baller to cut the hole (in the cakes) but you can use a sharp knife.'


  • 60g plain flour
  • 60g self-raising flour
  • 30g cornflour
  • 30g custard powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 125g caster sugar

For the topping and filling:

  • 600ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • Punnet of fresh strawberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and line the trays with about 16 cupcake cases.
  2. Combine all the flours together and sift together three times.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk all the eggs for 1-2 mins using an electric mixer on medium speed, then turn up the speed and whisk for 10 mins. Add the caster sugar gradually, beating until the sugar has dissolved, then beat on high for a further 10 mins until the mixture is light and fluffy. 
  4. Fold the mixture into the flour until just combined then fill the cupcake cases to three-quarters full and bake for around 15 mins depending on your oven. Test by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they are done. Remove from the trays and cool on wire racks for 30 mins before cutting.
  5. For the topping, add the cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until it's thick enough to pipe. Put 8 strawberries to one side and chop the rest into smallish pieces. Take half the cream mix and fold in the chopped strawberries, then spoon into the hole in the middle of the cakes.
  6. Use the rest of the cream to pipe a swirl on the top and decorate with half a strawberry and any other decorations you wish to use. I used a butterfly cutter and then painted it with food colour.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Claire Jane

Wow i'd love to have a go at making these - they look so elegant, what a posh treat it would be when the mums and babies come round x

Victoria Threader

Hi Bodil, The teacups are paper wrappers from here I'm sure they would send to Norway, they are usually very helpful. The pitcher I'm afraid was from a charity shop and came with heart cups and saucers so not a clue where you can find those. Good luck with the wrappers, they are really lovely :0)


Haven`t tried the recipe yet, but I may do it someday :-) Hope you can help me with someting, please. Where can I get the cute cups and pitcher? Must be a website I think, since I live in Norway. Are the cups in paper, by the way? Kindly, Bodil

Victoria Threader

Hi lizb, Thank you for trying it! Hope you enjoyed the cakes after they cooled. I often halve the mix too as 16 is too many for Mark, Millie and Me. Great for parties though when 12 is sometimes not enough. Thanks for the feedback :0)


Hi Victoria made these cakes today thought 16 was too many to do at the mo so I halved the recipe it made 12 gorgeously golden cup cakes just cooling can't wait to try one. I did use muffin size cases so it shows how far the mixture goes. thanks for a great recipe!!!!

Victoria Threader

Thanks all! Poppy - I used a Wilton 1E for this cake. It's a 12 petal drop flower tube available from here: The tea cup wrappers are from here:


Wow - Victoria these are so pretty. What kind of nozzle did you use for the icing?

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Another brilliant recipe from Victoria T! If you'd like to enter our search for a Royal Wedding Baking Queen (or King!), you can find more details and an entry form here: Not only will the winner get to star in goodtoknow Recipes magazine, you'll also win the ultimate baking kit, worth £600!

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

Victoria - thanks so much for making our very first Royal Wedding cupcakes. As usual, they're fab! I think these could be popular all summer long with those fresh strawberries :)

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