Caterpillar cupcakes - recipe

Caterpillar cupcakes

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, 350°F, gas mark 4). Place paper cases in a 12 hole bun tin.

  2. 2

    Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
  3. 3

    Beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth. Sift in the flour and baking powder, lemon zest and juice and gently fold in until incorporated.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) beaten
    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • ½tsp Baking powder
    • 1 Lemon zest
    • 1tsp Lemon juice
  4. 4

    Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

  5. 5

    For the icing, sift the fondant icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the hot water as directed on the packet, until smooth. Add a few drops of green food colouring and spread over the top of the cakes. Stick an orange jelly bean in the centre of each cake for the nose.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 175g Fondant icing sugar
    • Green food colouring
    • Jelly beans for the nose
  6. 6

    Colour 3/4 of sugar paste icing with green food colouring (reserve some to make the mouth) roll into balls and stick on top of the frosting for the eyes. Attach chocolate buttons to the sugar paste icing balls with a small dab of frosting. Dilute a little green food colouring with water and paint onto the lower half of the sugar paste icing balls, using a fine brush. Attach 2 liquorice strips above the eyes for the feelers.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 175g Sugar paste icing white
    • Green food colouring
    • Chocolate buttons
    • Liquorice thin, black strips
  7. 7

    Sprinkle orange sprinkles on top of some of the cakes and attach liquorice strips to form legs.

    For this step you'll need:

    • Sprinkle decorations orange
    • Liquorice thin, black strips
  8. 8

    Knead a small amount of red food colouring into the remaining sugar paste icing and cut into mouth shapes. Place on the cakes.

    For this step you'll need:

    • Red food colouring
    • 175g Sugar paste icing white

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