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Pink Smartie Cupcakes

16 Apr

My mini chef LOVES to make birthday cakes. Whenever it is someone’s birthday, we have to bake pink smartie cupcakes. They can’t have any other colour icing or different decorations – it has to be pink and they have to have smarties (oh and sprinkles!). He’s not a big risk taker – he likes his formula and he’s sticking to it!

Today it was Thomas’ cousins birthday party so this morning we made our signature pink smartie cupcakes…

We just used the basic butter cake recipe out of the Woman’s Weekly Kids Birthday Cake Cookbook and their butter frosting. You can’t beat it… YUM!


125g butter softened

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup milk

1 & 1/2 cups self raising flour


  1. Preheat moderate oven.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat each until just combined.
  4. Stir in flour and milk in 2 batches.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared patty cases (makes 12).
  6. Bake in moderate oven until cooked (approx 15-18 minutes).
  7. Stand in cake pan for about 5 minutes and then turn onto wire rack to cool.
Butter Cream:
125g butter softened
1 &1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half icing sugar, milk, then remaining icing sugar. Colour as required.
Decorating cupcakes is a great school holiday activity (or birthday party activity – there are some great cakeboxes you can get so the children can take their cakes home instead of a lolly bag). You can use any kind of lollies and decorations you like (or your child likes) and let them be creative!
This kind of activity can be a fantastic way for children who aren’t necessarily interested in painting and drawing to express themselves creatively. Try to let them have control with little input from you about what they put where. Children develop a sense of self esteem when their efforts are respected and valued by their carers.

Have fun!