custard cream cupcake

Today I’m talking Custard Creams.  I’m sure there has been a packet or two in everybody’s biscuit tin at some point in time. I know a packet always finds its way into my weekly shop.

These tiny little “sandwich” biscuits are so addictive and have started so many arguments in my family, always about “which biscuit”  is the king of the sandwich biscuits.  We have two big favorites in our house “Custard Creams & Bourbon Biscuits”  .   We are currently split down the middle.  Did you know that both biscuits date back to the 1900’s originating in Victorian Britain!

So what could be even more delicious than a custard cream biscuit. Well a Custard Cream Cupcake of course, the best of both worlds, a cake and biscuit in one delicious cupcake.


Pair of custard cream cupcakes

These really are super delicious, a moist vanilla sponge which includes custard powder, they are then filled with yummy custard.  Now you could go all domestic goddess and make your own but why go to all that trouble when ready-made custard works just as well.

custard cream collage

I filled the cupcakes after they are baked and gone cold,  I find it just works better this way. Use a teaspoon to make a hole in the centre and pour the custard in.


custard cream in gold case


custard cream in white case


A lovely rich vanilla buttercream is the perfect topping. I always use vanilla extract or paste when making buttercream.  NEVER (and I can’t stress this hard enough) use vanilla essence in anything, it doesn’t contain any natural vanilla.  I know vanilla extract is expensive but it is so worth it, it goes without saying that taste is everything when it comes to baking. The crowning glory of course is a custard cream biscuit  sitting proudly on top with a drizzle of custard.


trio of custard cream cupcakes



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10

three custard cream cupcakes


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 225g butter
  • 210g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75g custard powder
  • 50ml of milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (bread soda/bicarb)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 packet of custard cream biscuits
  • 500g of ready made custard
  • 175g butter, cut into large pieces
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 350g icing sugar, sifted


  • Preheat oven to 180c/350f and line a cupcake tin with cupcake baking cases.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar and it turns light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, beating in between the addition of each egg.
  • Add 50ml milk.
  • Sift the flour, custard powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and fold gently with a large metal spoon until everything is mixed.
  • Fill each cupcake (about 3/4 of the way up) and bake for 18-20 mins, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire tray.
  • When cold use a teaspoon removes a small bit of sponge from each cupcake and add 1- 2 tablespoon of custard to each.
    Make Vanilla Frosting
  • Beat the butter until its light & fluffy for 2 mins.
  • Add vanilla extract, two tablespoons of the milk, and half the icing sugar to the large bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and pour in the rest of the milk if needed to make the icing the right consistency.
  • Using an icing bag pipe he vanilla icing in a swirl on each cupcake.
  • Top each cupcake with a custard cream biscuit and a drizzle of custard (optional


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  • Maura April 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Another great recipe ! We always have these in the house, the kids think they are fancy biscuits

    • Karyn April 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Maura 😉 my kids love them too.. Have you ever tried the OREO version? not as nice as the original

  • Choclette April 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t think I’ve had a custard cream in years, but now you’re making me want one. I have recently posted a recipe for bourbons though. Fab idea for a cupcake.

    • Karyn April 19, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks a million ;)I love Bourbons as well.. will definitely check out your Bourbon recipe 😉

  • Shadi April 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Looks so delicious! I would love to try this! 🙂

    • Karyn April 19, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Hi Shadi.. I hope you get to try the recipe.. it is very simple and super delicious

  • maria July 11, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I absolutely agree … you need to have the real stuff for the vanilla …makes all the difference. I find myself craving custard cream! And that cookie …how could you possibly eat just one! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Sarah July 12, 2016 at 12:21 am

    These cupcakes look and sound dreamy, delectable and delicious! I love EVERYTHING that’s going on in this recipe and definitely need to try these ASAP!

  • Lisa | Garlic + Zest July 12, 2016 at 1:04 am

    This looks amazing and over the top fabulous! I’ll take two!

    • Karyn July 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Lisa..Glad I’m not the only one who can’t say no to a second cupcake 😉😋

  • Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy July 12, 2016 at 2:35 am

    These look so dreamy! Love the custard drizzle on top! Yum.

  • Christine | Vermilion Roots July 12, 2016 at 3:24 am

    These look so fun to make. And eat! 🙂

  • Revathi Palani July 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    OMG, these cupcakes looks so gorgeous. Such an fabulous idea and love the custard cream cookie on top 🙂

  • Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy July 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    This is bringing back so many memories!

    • Karyn July 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Tina..have to agree with you..they were my nanas fav biscuits..always think of her when i taste one

  • Ludmilla July 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I love custard cream! Custard cream is a primary ingredients in many Italian desserts! I’ve never had a cupcake with custard cream!! Looks delicious.

    • Karyn July 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Ludmilla😁 were big custard fans in my house..who can not ove custard lol x

  • Molly Kumar July 16, 2016 at 5:22 am

    What a great idea of cupcakes + custard together. These look so yummm.

  • Elizabeth July 16, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Mmm I love a custard cream, me! What a super idea for a cupcake! 🙂

    • Karyn July 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth.😍😍

  • Aish Padihari August 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I have all the ingredients at home now – even the cake flour. I must try this.

    • Karyn August 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      That’s brilliant Aish.. please let me know how they tun out when you get to bake them xx

  • Mama Harris August 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    These look delicious, I can almost taste them!

    • Karyn August 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks they are super yum.. thanks for the comment xx

  • Megan Marlowe August 3, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Custard powder? I have never heard of such a thing but I am intrigued. These cupcakes look so divine, I’ll just have to go on a hunt and find that custard powder!

    • Karyn August 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Megan 😉 I didn’t realize you can’t get custard powder in the US.. you might get in a shop that sells Irish or English goods.. I’m like that here in Ireland..We have on shop in Dublin that sells some AMERICAN foods.. stuff like corn syrup.. that’s not used here.. it’s like a treasure hunt sometimes x

  • Amanda Mason August 3, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Looks so fabulous! Are you in England? If so I’m wondering if Fortnum & Mason sell these cookies? I’m in London often so if so I’d like to buy some there!! Love England biscuits! Cant wait to try this recipe!

    • Karyn August 3, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Amanda.. I live in Ireland 😉 but you can definitely get them in England.. You could substitute them with Golden Oreo’s,they work just as well x

  • Kushi August 3, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Lovely recipe. looks so beautiful and YUMMMY!

    • Karyn August 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Kushi.. Cupcakes are always fun to make 😉


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