Cupid Cupcakes

Cupid Cupcakes Recipe

February 13, 2014

This post was featured by Twinkl in their Beginner’s Guide To A Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day say it with a Love heart treat

Baking it is all about giving and sharing delicious moments with your loved ones and these Cupid Cupcakes beg to share the love. These adorable pop-in-the-mouth cupid cakes will undoubtedly set hearts aflutter.

Cupid Cupcakes Recipe

Course: Dessert, Snacks


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These adorable pop-in-the-mouth cupid cakes will undoubtedly set hearts aflutter.


  • 20g (¾oz) cocoa

  • 2¼ tbsp boiling water

  • 40g (1½oz) unsalted butter, softened

  • 25g (1oz) Lyle’s Golden Syrup

  • 75g (3oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tbsp milk

  • 60g (2½oz) plain flour, sifted

  • ½ level tsp baking powder

  • 2 rounded tbsp smooth apricot jam

  • For the fondant icing & decoration
  • 250g (8oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Fondant Icing Sugar, plus extra for rolling

  • 4-5 tsp water

  • Red paste food colour

  • You will also need
  • 2 x 12-hole mini cake tins lined with paper cake cases

  • A 4cm (1½”) round fluted cutter and 3 tiny heart-shaped metal plunge cutters


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan160°, 350°F, Gas 4
  • In a small bowl mix the cocoa and water together with a wooden spoon until smooth
  • Then add the butter, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar, the egg and milk and beat well
  • Sift over the flour and baking powder and mix well to make a thick batter
  • Spoon the mixture into the cake tins to slightly more than half full. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 9-10 minutes until risen and they spring back when lightly pressed in the centre
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely
  • For the decoration
  • Sift the Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the water, a teaspoonful at a time, and stir with a wooden spoon until it is too stiff to stir any more.
  • Roll the icing into a ball and turn out onto a surface lightly dusted with Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar and knead for a few minutes until it becomes completely smooth, soft and pliable. If it feels too dry splash with a very little cold water and carry on kneading until the water is absorbed. If it’s too wet, dust the surface with extra Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar.
  • Divide the fondant icing into 2. Colour one batch with red adding dots of colour in several spots with a toothpick and knead well until the colour is evenly blended. Continue until you get your desired shade. To keep your hands stain-free, wear food-safe disposable gloves until you have finished working with the red fondant. Leave the other batch white.
  • Lightly dust the surface again with Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar and separately roll out both fondants to about 3mm (1/8”) thick.
  • Using the fluted cutter stamp out 9 circles, and lots of little heart shapes, from each of the red and white fondant icings.
  • Put the apricot jam in a small pan with a splash of water pan over a low heat until melted then lightly brush over the tops of the chocolate cakes.
  • Place the circles of fondant of top of the cakes and very lightly press down so they stick to the jam.
  • Decorate the tops with contrasting little hearts, decoratively sticking them on with a dab of Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar mixed with a very little water to make a ‘glue’.
  • Arrange on a plate and serve.


  • Make-ahead – Make and freeze the undecorated cakes in a lidded container up to 2 weeks ahead. The fondant icing can be made up to 1 week ahead, wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.

Did you love these Valentine’s Day Cupid Cupcakes? Why not take a look at our other recipes for inspiration on your next baking day.

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