Olympic cupcakes recipe

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1 hr


30 min

Get in the Olympic spirit by making Victoria Threader’s Olympic cupcakes. With soft vanilla sponge and a simple Smartie decoration, these cupcakes will be a big winner with your family this summer


  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 130 self-raising flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 30ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Large box of Smarties
  • For the icing:
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3tbsps milk
  • For the toppers:
  • 350g white fondant
  • Edible gold paint
  • 1tsp icing sugar with a few drops of water
  • You will also need
  • :
  • 68mm scalloped side cutter
  • Fine paint brush
  • Alphabet embossers (optional)


    1. To make this cupcake recipe, preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Place 12 cases in your muffin tin.
    2. Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
    3. Add 1 egg, 1/3 of the flour and a splash of milk and beat until just combined and repeat until all the ingredients are mixed.
    4. Fill the cases to 3/4 full and add a few Smarties to the tops. You can push them down into the batter with your finger if you want a flat top cupcake, then bake in the oven for 30 mins. Remove and cool in the pan for 5 mins before moving the to a wire rack.

    For the buttercream:

    1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth and shiny. Once the cakes are cool, spread onto the tops of the cupcakes.

    For the toppers:

    1. Roll out 350g of white fondant and cut 12x 68mm scalloped circles, paint the words Good Luck with a fine brush with the edible gold paint (using the alphabet embossers if you have them) and leave to dry on a piece of greaseproof or on a large drying sponge.
    2. Mix 1tsp of icing sugar with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Arrange the Smarties onto the toppers and stick in place with a touch of the icing paste. Place the finished toppers on the iced cupcakes.

Top tip for making Olympic cupcakes

If you're not a fan of Smarties you could always use bright-coloured jelly sweets instead!

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