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UFO Cupcakes

Fun chocolate cupcakes with an easy DIY UFO decoration!
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Love and Olive Oil | Martha Stewart | Donna Hay magazine, Kids' Issue 2010


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 6 ounces 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • green food coloring – paste gel, powder or liquid is fine


  • For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together, by hand, the coconut milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low-speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the coconut milk mixture until it is uniform and smooth (do not overmix).
  • Pour batter in liners, filling cups no more than 2/3 full (3 tablespoons of batter). Bake 18-20 inutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • For the frosting: Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high). Add vanilla and enough food coloring to turn the frosting a bright pastel green, and beat until buttercream is smooth.


Use M&M's or Smarties to decorate around the outside of the cupcake to make UFO lights. For the "alien" inside the UFO, use a green lollipop and just place the stick down into the cupcake (trim stick with the scissors if necessary). To make the UFO dome, use small plastic shot glasses. Be sure to use silver foil cupcake liners to make the cupcakes look like shiny little UFOs!