Sheep cupcakes

Sheep cupcakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale in colour.  Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract
  3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool fully on a wire rack 
  5. To make the buttercream, beat the butter until creamy in an electric mixer then gradually fold in the sifted icing sugar until smooth
  6. Spread a generous layer of buttercream over the cupcakes using a palette knife making a small mound of buttercream in the centre
  7. Place a black fruit pastille on each cake for the face. Arrange the mini marshmallows onto the buttercream to look like a sheep
  8. To make the eyes take the whites from the liquorice allsorts, and using a very small amount roll into a tiny ball and stick 2 on each face using the buttercream. Then using the liquorice layer take an even smaller amount and roll into a tiny ball to make the pupil of the eyes and stick with more buttercream onto the white of the eye
  9. To make the sheep tail use the liquorice layer again from the allsorts and cut a thin strip and stick into the back of the cupcake into the buttercream

Recipe from Kerrygold.

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100g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, softened at room temperature

100 (4oz) caster sugar

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

1 tbsp vanilla extract

100g (4oz) self-raising flour

1-2 tbsp milk

Marshmallow sheep:

1 pack mini white marshmallows

Liquorice allsorts

Bag of fruit pastilles (Black sweets required)

Buttercream icing:

100g (4oz) butter, softened

225g (9oz) icing sugar, sieved


Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 12
Nutrition: n/a