Smarties cupcakes recipe

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10 min


10 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)

Moist chocolate cupcakes with a swirl of fudge frosting made with condensed milk on top. Get the kids to help you decorate these with Smarties or other sweets. Is there anything else more satisfying than a lovely chocolate cupcake? Whether you’ve got friends popping round for tea or need something special for a birthday party, this chocolate cupcake recipe is a great one to try. Top it with a chocolate buttercream spread to make it even more special.


  • For the
  • cupcakes:
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) plain flour
  • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder
  • 250g (9oz) condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g (3oz) 70% fat buttery spread
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • For the
  • frosting and Smarties decoration:
  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 55g (2oz) 70% fat buttery spread, softened
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 1-2tbsp condensed milk (try Carnation condensed milk)
  • 2 boxes mini smarties, to decorate
  • You will also need:
  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • 12 cupcake or muffin cases


  • To make this cupcake recipe: Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases.

  • Place the flour, cocoa powder, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, buttery spread and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2 – 3 mins until pale and fluffy.

  • Spoon the cupcake mixture into the cases and bake for approximately 15 – 18 mins until springy to the touch and golden brown. Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling wire rack to cool completely.

  • For the frosting and decoration: Beat the icing sugar, cocoa powder, buttery spread and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Decorate with the smarties.

Top tip for making Smarties cupcakes

Let your imagination run wild with toppings for your cupcakes - there are loads of great decorations in the shops or use chopped nuts, banana chips, curls of chocolate or silver balls.

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