Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Donna Hay's strawberry cupcake recipe is perfect for a birthday party or bake sale.


  • 125g unsalted butter

  • 1¾ cups (260g) self-raising (self-rising) flour

  • ¾ cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (in a small bowl)

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ cup (125ml) milk

  • ¼ cup (15g) chopped freeze-dried strawberries, plus extra for garnishing

  • Vanilla icing

  • ? cup (80g) chopped and softened cream cheese

  • ½ cup (120g) fresh firm ricotta

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Line 12 x ½-cup-capacity (125ml) muffin tins with paper cupcake cases.

  • 2.

    Place the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with a spatula, until melted.

  • 3.

    Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a big bowl and, using a whisk, mix to combine. Add the melted butter, the eggs, vanilla, milk and freeze-dried strawberries and whisk until well combined and smooth.

  • 4.

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Wearing oven gloves, carefully remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes. Move onto wire racks to cool completely, before spreading with vanilla icing (instructions below).

  • Vanilla icing:

  • 1.

    Place cream cheese and ricotta in a medium bowl. Using a whisk, mix them together until lovely and smooth (you can use a food processor for this step if you don’t have time to soften your cream cheese). Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Keep in the fridge and spread over the cooled cupcakes when ready to serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 317kj
  • Fat Total 19g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 6g
  • Carbohydrate 30g
  • Sugar 21g
  • Sodium 139mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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