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Happy face cupcakes

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These happy face cupcakes are perfect for a children’s birthday party!

Key Information

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  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 200g 7⅛ oz Self-raising white flour (we like Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 2tsp 2tsp Baking powder
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 4 4 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 3tbsp 3tbsp Milk (whole)
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Almonds (ground)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract

For the decoration

  • 450g 16 oz Sugar paste icing white
  • 24 24 Sweets green
  • Designer icing (black) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
  • 12 12 Sweets blue
  • Liquorice red strips
  • Icing sugar for dusting (we like Silver Spoon)

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Place paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Using a hand held electric whisk or freestanding mixer mix the butter, sugar, almonds flour and baking powder on a low speed until it is the texture of breadcrumbs.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 200g 7⅛ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Almonds (ground)
    • 200g 7⅛ oz Self-raising white flour (we like Allinson) Self-raising white flour
    • 2tsp 2tsp Baking powder
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Put the eggs in a jug and whisk by hand. Add the milk and mix together.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 4 4 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 3tbsp 3tbsp Milk (whole)
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, then mix on a medium speed until smooth and thick, adding the vanilla extract while mixing.

    Ingredients for this step

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    For the decoration, roll out the sugar paste on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out 12 rounds, slightly smaller than the cakes. Dampen the sugar paste rounds and attach to the cakes.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 450g 16 oz Sugar paste icing white
    • Icing sugar for dusting (we like Silver Spoon)
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Attach the green sweets for the eyes. Use the black designer icing to make dots for eyes.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 12 12 Sweets blue
    • Designer icing (black) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Attach the blue sweets in the centre of the cakes for the nose. Add red liquorice strips to form a smiley mouth on each cake.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 12 12 Sweets blue
    • Liquorice red strips