Animal cupcakes recipe

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20 min


20 min

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
  • ¼ 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
  • ½tsp 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
  • Frog
  • 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
  • Piggy
  • 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
  • Panda
  • Chocolate Butttons
  • Brown M&M’s
  • Mini brown chocolate coated candy
  • White Writing Icing


  • Pre heat the oven to 180C Fan 160C. (US 350F)

  • 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.

  • Divide the mixture between the paper cases and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • For the Marshmallow sheep simply cut one of the large marshmallows in half to make the ears. 

Top tip for making Animal cupcakes

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.

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