Two sets of Cupcake Day cupcakes

Cupcake Day 2018 recipes: Join in and unite against dementia

Cupcake Day is on 14 June, and this year we’re calling on all bakers to whip up a storm and help us beat dementia. Try these recipes on for size.

This year, you don’t have to be a cook book pro to take part. You can be that messy baker, a sprinkle freak or the one who fakes it.

If your cake arrives with a soggy bottom, a burnt edge or a perfectly iced top, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it gets to the table.

Not sure where to start? Here are two delicious recipes from our friends at woman&home. Visit their website to find more cake inspiration.

Gingerbread cupcakes with golden syrup icing

Gingerbread cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 125g black treacle
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tbsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 100ml sunflower oil

For the icing:

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • crystallised ginger, to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 190C, 170C fan, 375F, Gas Mark 5. Warm the treacle in a large saucepan then stir through the bicarbonate of soda, flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl beat the eggs, sugar and oil together. Pour into the treacle mixture and whisk until well combined.
  2. Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 16-18 minutes until the sponge springs back when you lightly press on them. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  3. Using an electric whisk beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the milk, vanilla and golden syrup and mix until combined. Spoon the buttercream onto the cupcakes and spread to create a texture. Top with chopped crystallised ginger to serve.

Gluten-free chocolate almond cupcakes

Gluten free chocolate cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 250g dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 150g ground almonds

For the frosting:

  • 500g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 2tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 350g golden icing sugar, sieved • 50g cocoa, sieved
  • 12 chocolate mini eggs


  1. Heat the oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Do not stir.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until softly peaking and set aside. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until thick and pale.
  3. Stir in the melted chocolate and ground almonds, then gently fold in the egg whites until evenly combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes or until just firm. Cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and vanilla bean paste into a bowl, then gradually sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa until smooth.
  6. Spoon the frosting into the piping bag, then pipe large swirls on to the cooled cakes. Finally, top each cupcake with a chocolate mini egg.
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Sat in a chair at the side of my mother's bed waitting for her to die of dementia. Offering her a drink but not knowing what to do with it not eatten for over a week. Looking frightened seeing things that are not there. Why whant the Drs end life.Age 85 riddled with Arthritis in pain she lies there moning pointing to something or someone that's not there sometimes crying calling for her mother. To see a beautiful woman turn into this it's heart breaking and for are family watcher her die like this it's not right

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