Bucket and spade cupcakes

How cool are these bucket and spade cupcakes complete with biscuit sand and fondant sea life? Make these cakes by following our step-by-step picture recipe. Perfect for the summer time.

The bucket cupcakes are best stored in a breathable box or under a cake cover. The sandcastle cakes can be stored in an airtight container until needed.


  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 10g melted unsalted butter for greasing

Ingredients for the toppers/buckets:

  • 40g red modelling paste
  • 40g yellow modelling paste
  • 3 x Digestive biscuits
  • 6 spoons of jam (your choice)
  • 1 batch of buttercream (basic white)
  • 15g white modelling paste (to mould the shells)
  • Orange colouring
  • 100g good quality white chocolate or candy melts