Animal cupcakes

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  • Makes: 10

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Cupcakes are always popular with the kids but young ones will love these animal decorated ones - perfect for afternoon snacks or birthday parties


  • 125g butter (at room temperature) or margarine 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter(room temp) or margarine
  • 125g caster sugar two thirds cup superfine sugar
  • Half tsp lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g self raising flour 1 cup plus 1 tbsp self rising flour
  • tsp baking powder
For the buttercream:
  • 225g icing sugar sifted superfine sugar, sifted
  • 100g soft unsalted butter 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • tsp vanilla essence
Alternatively you can use ready prepared vanilla and chocolate frosting

To decorate:

Teddy Bear
  • Chocolate frosting (bought)
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Mini chocolate Digestive biscuits
  • White and red jelly beans
  • Black Writing Icing


  • Green food colouring
  • White chocolate buttons (resting on cocktail sticks pushed into the side of the cupcake)
  • Green jelly beans
  • Green Writing Icing
  • White Writing Icing


  • Pink food colouring
  • Pink marshmallows
  • Mini candy coated chocolate beans
  • Licorice Allsorts

Marhsmallow Sheep

  • Large white marshmallows
  • Mini marshamallows
  • Black Writing Icing

Pussy Cat

  • Yellow M&Ms
  • Black Writing Icing
  • Licorice Allsorts


  • Chocolate Butttons
  • Brown M&Ms
  • Mini brown chocolate coated candy
  • White Writing Icing

These cakes can be made up to 1 month in advance and frozen in a plastic box. Defrost at room temperature for around 1 hour then ice as above.


  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C Fan 160C. (US 350F)
  2. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper cases. Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, flour and baking powder into the bowl and beat in an electric food mixer until smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.
  4. Remove from the oven and cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whilst the cupcakes are baking you can prepare the icing. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar , the milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.. You can divide the icing into a few bowls and colour with a few drops of food colouring.
  6. Once the cakes are cold swirl some of the icing on top of the cakes and decorate them to look like animals using the sweets, writing icing and mini cookies..
  7. For the Marshmallow sheep simply cut one of the large marshmallows in half to make the ears. 

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This would make a great recipe for any children, especially since you know they'll have a lot of fun giving the animals names just to eat them ;) Very yummy recipe.


As a Childminder, with 12 children in my care each day, there are never enough cake recipes! As an added bonus our theme of the week is animals. What a perfect find.


my 3year old is turning 4 and we have been looking for cupcake resipe for his birthday party and these are just the job thanks iam going have reall fun making them thanks

joanne saunders

I would love to make these with my nephews every weekend i used to get a phonecall can we make cakes today please so they all come round and you should have seen the mess all good fun thou but looking at these cakes they look rather exciting to make and if the kids see what the cakes will be like when they are finished theyll get rather excited. The thing is looking at all those sweets that needed to make them im not sure if theyd be enough left as kids will be kids and sneak some sweets in there mouth now and again lol

Nicola Dean

I adapted these to make farm animal cakes for a school's charity lambing open day. I made a batch of buns and decorated them as sheep and piggy's as per the method above. I then adapted the recipe to make a batch of chocolate buns and then made white icing to make cows. I iced the buns then used pink licorice sweets for the ears and small pink marshmallows for the nose and chocolate buttons broken into pieces to make cow patches and then small chocolate beans for eyes. They disappeared very quickly!

Susan Robinson Hamilton

My Son is 2.5 year s old and never ate a cake b4 we made theses, he calls them bear cakes and LOVES them. They so easy for us to make 2gether and also its lovely as i know whats in teh cake what his eating etc. They look amazing and taste great. All my family LOVE them and always ask for them. We make theses at least once a fortnight if not weekly. My brother has asked me if i can make a massive on for his bday in teh summer as he loves theses that much as well. So im on a mission to make a massive one. x


My 2 1/2 years has recently discovered a love for cakes and helping mummy in the kitchen, so these look fun to do. And with another on the way gives a perfect excuse for eating yummy cake

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