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Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream & Popping Candy

Parkin baked into cupcakes, topped with toffee buttercream and chocolate shards with popping candy

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 100 g Butter
  • 100 g Soft brown sugar
  • 100 g Black treacle
  • 100 g Golden syrup
  • 150 g Oats
  • 150 g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 2 tbsp Milk

For the decoration

  • 250 g Dark chocolate
  • Popping candy
  • Gold edible glitter

For the buttercream

  • 220 g Butter
  • 440 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Caramel extract


  1. In a pan on a low heat melt together the butter, soft brown sugar, black treacle and golden syrup. Don't let the mixture boil. Black treacle and golden syrup are very sticky and gloopy so put the pan on your scales and measure them directly into it
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, plain flour, baking powder, ground ginger, mixed spice, nutmeg and salt
  3. Pour the warm treacle mixture into the oat mixture and combine the ingredients with a spoon
  4. In a small bowl beat the eggs and milk. Add it bit by bit, mixing in well each time
  5. Bake the cupcakes on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes, then let them cool. Parkin tastes best after being stored for a few days in an air tight container, so I made these cupcakes a couple of days before decorating and eating them. You don't have to do this, but it is recommended for developing the flavour
  6. Melt the dark chocolate and pour it onto a lined baking tray to create a thin layer of chocolate. Sprinkle popping candy all over it and leave to set
  7. Make the buttercream by mixing the butter, icing sugar and caramel extract together. Pipe it onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and nozzle
  8. Break the chocolate into shards and stick it into the buttercream. Sprinkle the cupcakes with some gold edible glitter for extra sparkle!
  9. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, eat leftovers within 3 days