Doughnut Cupcakes

So we arrived at the first ‘I’m borrrreeed’ day of the summer holiday. It hasn’t taken long, I sighed. “Well my lovely, you will have to come and be bored with me at work. I have to do a bit of baking in the showroom.”

“Can I help, Mum?”

“Ok” I agreed. “Let’s make it more interesting. Whatever is in the cupboards and fridge at work we’ll make something up out of that…No going to the shop!” Crossing fingers that there were at least some eggs.

Our store cupboard booty contained these items: eggs (phew), butter, sugar, jam, milk, and rather randomly a tin of custard. So we thought we’d try and make some sort of jam and custard doughnut cupcakes. Which we did and they were DELICIOUS!


  • 225g/ 8oz self-raising flour
  • 110g/ 4oz caster sugar (plus extra to sprinkle on the finished cakes)
  • 110g/ 4oz butter
  • 150ml/ ¼ pint of milk
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 generous tbsp. custard from a tin
  • 16 tsps of jam from a jar


Using a stand mixer beat the eggs and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder, milk and custard and beat using the balloon whisk to get in maximum air.

Using a muffin tin place some muffin cases in the tray and half fill each one (16) with the mixture.

Make a little dent in the middle of each and dollop in a tea spoon of jam and then cover over with the remaining mixture.

If using a 2 oven Aga: Place the grid shelf on the bottom of the roasting oven with the cold plain shelf on the second set of runners above. Put the cakes on top of the grid shelf and turn after 10 mins. Check after another 10 mins and they should have risen beautifully and be a light golden brown…we had to leave ours in for a further 5 minutes.

If using a 3/4/5 oven Aga: Place on the lowest set of runners in the baking oven for 20-25 mins… but check on them after 15 minutes.

Straight from the oven sprinkle over a little sugar…to resemble a doughnut.

Serve warm to an appreciative crowd with a dollop of custard on top (foolish to let the rest of the tin go to waste!)



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