Animal Cupcakes

Prep time:
20 mins
Cook time:
20 mins
Makes approx 10


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


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&M’s
Mini brown chocolate coated candy
White Writing Icing


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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