Four Ingredient Cupcakes

Guest Post by Kylie of Octavia and Vicky

Hello! I’m Kylie, a mother to two year old ‘Pebble’, wife and early childhood educator who loves playing, cooking and using as many geek-tech tools as possible along the way. My blog, Octavia and Vicky, is named after a story I wrote when I was five years old. It is about a spider named Octavia and her young friend, Vicky. Thank you to Kelly for inviting me to share on her wonderful blog today.


Pebble and I love cooking together. I can hardly step into the kitchen without her nose appearing over the counter (yes, she is a TALL two year old, especially on tippy toes!). Recently I came across a recipe for four ingredient cupcakes and knew that it would be perfect for us to do together.

Four Ingredient Cupcakes

four Ingredient Cupcakes


Makes 12

¾ Cup (130g) SR Flour
250ml Condensed milk
1 Egg
1/3 Cup (75g) softened butter


~ Preheat oven 180C.

~ Sift flour into a bowl and add remaining ingredients, beat with an electric mixer for two minutes until pale and fluffy.

~ Line a patty cake tin with patty papers (Pebble’s very favourite job in the kitchen!).

~ Evenly scoop mixture across each and bake for 12 minutes until light golden brown.

And, don’t forget to use a spoon to scrape out every last bit of condensed milk, one of my favourite childhood treats when cooking with mum. This recipe is dangerous because it doesn’t use up the whole tin! I managed to save most of the leftovers for my husband, who loves the stuff.

Cooking with Kids - Four Ingredient Cupcakes

Cooking with Kids - Four Ingredient Cupcakes


Vanilla– add a teaspoon of vanilla

Chocolate chip– sprinkle in your favourite chocolate chips

Chocolate– sift in 2 tablespoons of cocoa

Lemon– add the finely grated zest of one lemon

Fruity– add in chopped or whole dried fruit (mmmm cranberry!)

Nutty– sprinkle in your favourite nuts, or press one of your favourite big guys into the top of each cake (pecan, anyone?)

Apple and cinnamon– add one grated apple, a handful of sultanas and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Fairy cakes – cut a small round from top out of each cake after baking and fill with either jam and cream or, my preference, butter cream icing. Cut the round into two halves and place on top of the icing (like fairy wings – see photo). Dust with icing sugar.

What is your favourite recipe to cook with kids?

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    October 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Mmm these look so easy to do with the kiddos, might have to give it a go. Although that leftover condensed milk could be very dangerous indeed!!!

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    October 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I just HAVE to ask! Do the tops of those beautiful and yummy looking cupcakes just pop up looking like that or did you add something to the tops to make them so pretty? (They look almost like the tops of some of the cupcakes were cut off, cut in half. and placed onto the top of the whole cupcakes.) Do tell! (And if they baked that way naturally–please give up your secret!) Can’t wait to try them!! (I’d be doing it tonight if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t have any sweetened condensed milk in the house right now–but grocery shopping tomorrow! Yay!) 🙂

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      October 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Oops! Sorry. I missed the very last detail yesterday. Caught it this morning when I reviewed the post for my grocery list today. Such a cute idea! 🙂

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    October 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    They sound delicious !

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    October 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    YES!! These look perfect for my daughters 3rd birthday on Saturday….could you tell me if they freeze ok???! Thanks heap!!

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    May 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Have you ever used this recipe to make a cake

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