Simple Kids Cupcake Recipe

How to make cupcakes with kids (DAIRY AND WHEAT FREE)

Making cakes with the help of children in the kitchen is always fun, educational and gives you quality time together with the little monsters. It’s a fun activity which is cheap and cheerful.

It’s always something you can do when you have that extra bit of time on the weekday or weekend and struggling to find fun ideas to entertain the kids. It’s a great way of keeping children and kids doing something in the kitchen with you.

Children love sweet things – that’s a given but small sweet things like cupcakes are fantastic because each cake can be decorated differently which adds to the fun and excitement for kids. It gets their imagination going and eagerness to do things independently.

The most important thing to remember is to EXPECT MESS!  That is part of the fun.  Kids love to be able to experiment and even though the recipe below is quite specific, don’t worry if things don’t go exactly to plan.  Remember, you are cooking with kids.  There will be a mess and there will be things which aren’t perfect! One thing’s for sure, though, you and the kids will have a great time!

So get those little aprons on and follow our ten easy steps to making cupcakes with the kids.

The following recipe makes 12


  • 130g / 4 ½ oz / ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of dairy free margarine, softened
  • 130g / 4 ½ oz / ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 125g / 4 ½ oz / generous ¾ cup of wheat free flour
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of Gluten Free baking powder
  • A choice of food colorings, according to taste
  • Icing ( confectioners’) sugar, sifted (about 200g / 7 / oz 1 third cups in total)
  • 12 glacé cherries
  • 12-hole non-stick bun tray, lined with paper case



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F or Gas mark 6
  2. Beat the margarine and the sugar together until light and fluffy in the food processor.
  3. Place the mixture into to a bowl and fold in the eggs and flour half at a time.
  4. Gently fold the vanilla and baking powder.
  5. Equally, split the mixture and the paper cases and cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. The place on a wire rack to cool
  7. For the Icing, you can make several different colored icings by mixing a few drops of pink, yellow or green food coloring to suit your decoration.
  8. Stir the icing sugar with the chosen color and a very small amount water in a small bowl, so that the icing is thick and smooth. Do not make it runny or the icing will drip off the cakes.
  9. Spread the icing on each cake evenly and decorate with cherries.
  10. Leave the icing to set before you let the kids demolish them….TRUST US; they will be eager!


Cut into slices and enjoy!

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