Classic Cupcake Recipe

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  • 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F. 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. 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. Once the cakes are cool, spread onto the tops of the cupcakes.
  2. Arrange the Smarties onto the top and stick in place with a touch of the icing paste.

For the gold medal you could get really fancy and create the Olympic rings with icing instead of smarties using a red dot cake decorating set.