Easy Peasy Cupcakes

Rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow cupcakes

These cupcakes are obviously decorated by a child ie my daughter. Looking at them makes my teeth ache. But my kids love them. The copious amount of sprinkles makes them go “Wah”.

Rainbow candies and silver pellets

Rainbow candies and silver pellets

This is a basic cupcake recipe that’s very useful. The icing is also relatively easy to make unlike butter frosting which I find messy. If you have a group of children they can decorate their own cupcakes. Just provide all manner of decoration — sprinkles, silver dragees, M&Ms, marshmallows, sugar flowers, anything you can think of.

For recipes that use self-raising flour, remember not to fill up to the brim. You can also use some lemon juice instead of all water to mix the frosting and that’ll give a refreshing, tart taste to the frosting.

Ingredients for cupcake:
... and M&Ms.

... and M&Ms.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • generous 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup self-raising flour

Frosting and decoration:

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • a few drops of edible food colouring (optional)
  • sugar flowers, sprinkles, candied cherries, chocolate strands for decoration


  1. Yummy cupcakes ... easy peasy.

    Yummy cupcakes ... easy peasy.

    Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Place paper liners in a muffin pan (you should be able to get about 16 cupcakes).

  2. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together with a mixer. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Fold in the flour lightly and evenly.
  3. Divide the batter among the paper liners and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For the frosting, sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and stir in just enough of the water to mix to a smooth paste that is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in a few drops of food colouring, if using. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes and decorate as desired.


  1. how do you prevent the frosting from drying up? you must use it almost immediately right?

  2. kkkoh

    I only mix it when I am ready. It did harden slightly towards the end making it more difficult to spread. But it is so easy to make I reckon you can make it in smaller batches for fewer cupcakes and make more as you go along if you are worried about that. I like that the icing hardens so that there’s no messy gooey icing at the top especially if you want to pack them.

  3. katherine61

    Sounds great for a birthday party or a kids get-together!! But we need strong hands for cleaning up the mess.

  4. katherine61

    Are the silver thingy edible? How did it taste?

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