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Animal Magic Fudge Cupcakes

About this recipe: The faces of jungle animals and family pets can be created from rolled out marzipan or sugarpaste icing. If you're not a proficient artist, use children's books, greeting cards and cartoons as inspiration and trace outlines on to greaseproof paper to use as a guide when cutting out the pieces.

Ingredients
Makes: 12 cupcakes

  • For the cupcakes
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g fudge, chopped into small pieces
  • For the fudge icing
  • 140g fudge, chopped
  • 50g unslated butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 115g icing sugar
  • To decorate
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Coloured marzipan or sugarpaste (see directions)

Method
Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then stir in the flour and fudge pieces until evenly combined.
  3. Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake for 20–25 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the icing: put the fudge in a saucepan, add the butter and milk and heat gently, stirring constantly, until the fudge and butter melt.
  5. To make the animal faces: roll out coloured marzipan or sugarpaste icing and cut out the main shapes. Add details by cuttin small pieces of icing for ears, paws and feet, dampening and pressing into place. Add the eyes and other details with coloured decorating icing.

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Special Cupcakes is published by New Holland Publishers, price £12.99.

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