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Take time to bake with the kids this summer with Kirstie Allsopp’s taste of chocolate heaven

Kirstie’s Scrumptious Smartie Cup Cakes

Any ‘smartie pants’ knows that baking with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained during the summer holidays.

So follow in the footsteps of Kirstie Allsopp, the expert of all things homemade, and bake these delicious moist and fudgy Smartie Chocolate Cupcakes. Mixing, baking, decorating and eating them is guaranteed to provide endless fun for both yourself and the little ones.

These yummy mini sponge cakes take ‘no time’ to prepare from start to finish. The key ingredient, Nestlé Carnation® Condensed Milk, delivers a scrumptious moistness and texture to the cupcakes. It also gives the frosting a soft fudgy texture and a gorgeous sheen.


Smartie Cup CakesIngredients

100g (3½oz) plain flour
25g (1oz) cocoa powder
250g (9oz) Carnation Condensed Milk
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
85g (3oz) buttery spread*
1½ tsp baking powder

200g (7oz) icing sugar
2tbsp cocoa powder
55g (2oz) buttery spread*, softened
few drops vanilla extract
1 - 2tbsp Carnation Condensed Milk
2 boxes Nestlé Mini Smarties, to finish

You will also need:
12 hole muffin tin and cupcake or muffin cases

*recipe is based on 70% fat ‘buttery taste’ spread


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, (160°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.
  • Place the flour, cocoa powder, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, buttery spread and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2 - 3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  • Spoon into the cases and bake for approximately 15 - 18 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown.
  • Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Beat the icing sugar, cocoa powder, buttery spread and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency.
  • Spread or pipe onto the cakes.
  • Decorate with the Nestlé Smarties.


Let your imagination run wild with toppings for your cupcakes – there are loads of great decorations in the shops or chopped nuts, banana chips, curls of chocolate or silver balls.

Makes 12


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