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Father’s Day Superhero Cupcakes

Cakes Biscuits & Sweet Treats
  • Prep time 25 mins
  • Bake time 25 mins
  • Serves 12


  • For the cupcakes

  • 250g Butter (unsalted)
  • 250g Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4 Egg(s) (free range) (medium)
  • 250g Self-raising white flour
  • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the buttercream

    • 250g Butter (unsalted)
    • 500g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    •  Food colouring


  • For the decoration

    •  Black sugar paste icing
    •  Blue sugar paste icing
    •  Red sugar paste icing
    •  White sugar paste icing
    •  Yellow sugar paste icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4) Line a cupcake tin with 12 cases.

  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs on at a time, mixing between each addition and adding a spoonful of the flour if necessary. Follow by adding the vanilla extract.

  4. Carefully fold in the flour then spoon into the cupcake cases, until they are about 2/3 full.

  5. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  6. Leave to cool completely on a cooling wire.

  7. To make the buttercream, beat together the icing sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla extract and food colouring.

    How to make the perfect buttercream

    How to make the perfect buttercream

  8. Fill a piping bag with the icing and pipe swirls on top of the cupcakes.

  9. Roll out the sugar paste icing for your topper and using a knife or a circular cutter (depending on the design) cut out the shapes approximately 2.5 inches in width.

  10. Cut out the designs and letters (if using) with a sharp knife and brush the back lightly with water to stick to the other sugar paste icing.

  11. Place the sugar paste decoration on top of the buttercream swirl and serve.

If your Dad is your superhero, treat him this Father’s Day with these yummy vanilla cupcakes. Swap the buttercream colour and decorations to match his favourite comic book characters and you are sure to put a smile on your Dad’s face. We’ve gone with Superman and Batman for this one but you could just as easily create your own Spiderman, Hulk or Ironman toppings with the right sugar paste colours.

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