Gruffalo Cupcakes

I’m in the kitchen at a three year old’s birthday party. I thought this would be the safest place to hide. I was wrong. You see, I thought volunteering to make tea would be a safe bet. Unfortunately one of the parents thinks I work here and he’s being a little pushy about my tea making skills.

“Leave the tea bag to stew in the water longer” he says, pointing his finger at the cup. “Don’t scrimp on the milk!” As he takes the cup I notice the tin of flapjacks in his hand, and it strikes me they look quite rubbish.

So I say “I like your homemade flapjacks”. I smile and there’s a brief moment where neither of us say’s a word. Now it’s fairly rare I travel great distances to deliver impromptu baking critique to men I hardly know, but he just seemed annoying.

“So what have you brought along” he sneers. I crack open the cupcake tin, proudly show off the Gruffalo Cupcakes and fold my arms in triumph. As he shuffles away towards the ball pit, Anna pops her head into the kitchen to ask for some more milk for her tea.

Precooked cupcakes

Gruffalo Cupcakes (makes 12)
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter
120ml organic whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste


Chocolate Butter Cream
600g icing sugar
200g unsalted butter
80g cocoa powder
100ml organic whole milk

To make the cupcakes follow Anna’s famous Oreo Cupcake recipe guide.


Gruffalo Decorations
Teeth, tusks & horns – Mini marshmallows
Eyes and nose – Smarties
Mouth – Cola strings
Ears – Chocolate buttons

With Buttons

With Marshmallow horns

With Green Nose

With Orange Eyes

With Mouth

With Marshmallow Teeth

Chocolate Eyes

6 thoughts on “Gruffalo Cupcakes”

  1. WOW was the reaction of my 5 yr old great nephew when I made these for him and between him and his friends they were soon all gone
    thanks for such an easy but extremely authentic I looking decoration. after much searching on the web these are by far the best. easy and so effective
    his 3yr old brother is into Thomas the tank engine and is expecting me to produce something similar for hi! so far the best looking ones are such a faff. I’ll keep looking to your site for inspiration on this ‘project’
    I’m still looking

    1. Hello!
      What brilliant feedback and if your cupcakes can make a 5 year old say WOW then they must have looked pretty amazing. Now a Thomas the Tank Engine cake is some challenege and you know us, we like a challenge. So next time we have a birthday cake to make I promise to try give it a go…..even if it’s my own cake. Not that we ever need an excuse to make cake.

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