Alien Cupcakes

  • Alien cupcakes
  • Alien cupcakes
  • Alien cupcakes
  • 10-30 minutes to prepare
  • 10-30 minutes to cook
  • Makes 12 cupcakes
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make


60ml mango puree (use 1 ripe mango to make this)
125g unsalted butter or coconut oil
60ml maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
150g self raising flour (or a gluten free alternative)

Decorations and frosting

Coconut cream
6 tbsp mango puree
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Spinach juice for green colouring
An apples (for eyes)
Carrot (for antennas)
Plums (for pupils and mouth) 


Step 1

First make your mango puree by taking the flesh from the mango and blending to a smooth puree with a hand blender or food processor. Make sure to reserve some for the frosting

Step 2

Preheat your oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a cupcake tin

Step 3

Beat the butter or coconut oil until soft with the maple syrup. Add the mango puree and vanilla extract with 1 tbsp of the flour and beat in. (You can use an electric cake mixer with the paddle attachment if you have one, or do it my hand in a large bowl with a wooden spoon)

Step 4

Add the eggs one at a time, with 1 tbsp of the flour and beat in thoroughly (the flour stops the mixture from splitting, which happens if it’s too wet)

Step 5

Sift the rest of the flour in gradually and fold lightly into the mixture using a metal spoon. Keep as much air as possible in the mixture, so be careful not to over mix it 

Step 6

Once all the flour is just combined, spoon a large tbsp of mixture into each paper case, the mixture should fill the case about ¾ full. Fill all the cases then place straight into the oven. The quicker you work the more air stays in the cupcakes, and the lighter they will be. 

Step 7

Bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Insert a knife to check they are cooked – it should come out clean. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool a little, then move onto a wire rack to cool completely


Step 1

Beat the coconut cream and mango puree together with the tsp of vanilla until smooth (use an electric whisk if you have one)

Step 2

Extract spinach juice. Mix in with the mango frosting until you have a nice green colour (taste as you go so the spinach does not overpower the mango)

Step 3

Cut out eyes, antennas, pupils and mouths from vegetables and fruits of your choice

Step 4

Spread the cooled cupcakes with mango frosting, Decorate with the cut out parts.


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Recipe notes

As these tasty cupcakes aren't made with cane sugar they don't keep very long. They're best eaten on the day you make them. Otherwise keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze and defrost in just an hour, then add frosting and decorations. 

You can play around with the decorations and colours. We used spinach juice to give the mango frosting a green colour.


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