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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Oreo Cupcakes

These cupcakes took me back to watching cartoons after school. I don’t know why, but the second we got off the school bus my brother and I would race inside and try to be the first to turn on the TV. Haha we were such dorks!

Oreo Cupcakes


  • 1 ½ C self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 packet oreos
  • 1 packet mini oreos
  • ½ C cocoa powder
  • ¾ C caster sugar
  • ¾ C milk
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Essence


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Line a 12 x 1/3 cup capacity muffin pan.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  4. Add milk, butter, eggs and peppermint essence to flour mixture.
  5. Using a large metal spoon, stir gently to combine.
  6. Spoon a small amount of mixture in the bottom of each paper case.
  7. Place an oreo on top, then cover with cupcake mix till each case is ½ full.
  8. Put a mini oreo into each case, then cover with cupcake mix till each case is ¾ full.
  9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or till the cupcake springs back when lightly touched.
  10. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.



  • 350g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 50g oreos, crumbed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then pipe onto each cupcake.


I cut out circles of green fondant and pushed/bent them so till they had a TMNT shape. I cut out coloured strips of fondant for each character and rolled out small balls of white fondant for the eyes. I trimmed them with a craft knife so they had a nice edge. I placed each eye strip onto each face with sugar glue. Using leftover bits of each strip, I made bandana edges and placed them onto the back of each decoration, securing with sugar glue. To finish off each decoration I drew on the features (eyes and mouth) with an edible marker. These decorations can be made months in advance. Store in a non-airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Place each decoration on top of each cupcake just after icing.

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

For Briar’s birthday I wanted to make her something different so I tweaked the recipe I use for red velvet cupcakes. You have to try out this recipe – these cupcakes are so fragrant and delicious!

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes


  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

chai spice mix

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai spice mix until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter into the cases to ¾ full
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

Chai Icing


  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth.

To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake and decorated with a chocolate finger biscuit.


RSPCA Cupcakes

 I made up about 4 dozen cupcakes for the RSPCA cupcake day this year. Please vote for my creations so I can win a baking pack for my efforts:



I made three different types:

Hello Kitty cupcakes – Vanilla flavour with hint of apple & cinnamon decorated with blue icing and a fondant Hello Kitty and dusted with edible glitter

Rainbow Vanilla Cupcakes – rainbow cupcake (purple, pink, orange) topped with rainbow (yellow, green, blue) buttercream icing and sprinkled with edible glitter

Red Velvet Cupcakes – topped with buttery cream cheese icing, with a sprinkle of red edible glitter and decorated with black cats

Hello Kitty cupcakes

For the Hello Kitty cupcakes, I made the standard cupcake recipe that I use from the Edmonds cookbook and threw in some additional flavours:


  • 190g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp apple essence
  • 1 C caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ C plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Cream butter, cinnamon, essences and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

butter icing


  • 250g butter
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp apple essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring


Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Divide into thirds and colour each batch as desired


For decoration I created fondant Hello Kitty’s. I made a stencil out of cardboard, rolled the fondant out to about 5mm thick then cut out shapes using a craft knife.

For the features (nose & eyes) I cut out coloured bits from a liquorice allsort using a round piping tip (Steve helped out too), and for the whiskers I chopped up fruit sticks into small strips.

To make the features stick to the fondant I wet the cut out with water then pressed them on. Once dried (by the heater to speed up the drying process) I painted the eyes with black food colouring. Then, when the eyes dried out, I brushed white edible glitter over the kitty. To assemble, I piped the blue icing onto each cupcake then sprinkled with silver edible glitter, then popped on the kitty decoration.

I recommend making fondant decorations at least the day before you plan to use them so they can harden up in time.

rainbow cupcakes

For these I made the same recipe as my rainbow cupcakes post. This time round, instead of swirling the mixture before I baking, I evened it out so the cupcake colours stacked on top of each other rather than marbling.

red velvet cupcakes

For these I made Nigella’s red velvet cupcake recipe (see this post). To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake, sprinkled on red glitter the placed on some black cat sprinkles.