Baking Koala Cupcakes! 15 November

Yesterday’s free activity should have been baking koala cupcakes, but sadly the oven decided it was a good day to break!

Teacher Serena and her morning group were unaware of this until they’d made the cupcake mixture, put them in cases,  into the oven and waited patiently for them to bake!

It was only upon checking on them that they realised the oven was just blowing cold air, resulting in this being as far as their koala cupcakes got…


Luckily I had time to come up with a back up in time for the afternoon, running to Woolworths to buy cakes for us to decorate! They were all out of cupcakes though, so we had to go with muffins instead!

We still got to do the fun part, decorating :), and while they maybe didn’t look that great the muffins and icing tasted amazing!!


For anyone who has a working oven and would like to make them at home, here’s the recipe!

Koala Cupcakes Recipe


For the choc-almond cupcakes:1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence


For the buttercream icing:200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed


For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows


Choc chips



For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Leave a Reply