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These incredible breakfast cereal cupcakes are vanilla flavoured with a breakfast cereal twist. With a breakfast cereal buttercream and decorated of course with your favourite breakfast cereal.

Okay, so I know the concept of these cupcakes is a bit weird but trust me they are A-M-AZING! I used Golden Nuggets but this would work with any cereal.

Depending on where you live in the world you might not have Golden Nuggets. They are a crunchy, honey flavoured cereal ball made by Nestle and one of my favourite breakfast cereals.

How To Make Breakfast Cereal Milk

Okay, so first off pour a bowl of your favourite cereal and milk. For Golden Nuggets they suggest a serving as 45g of cereal and 125ml of milk.

For these cupcakes, you should double this and use 90g of cereal and 250ml of milk. Add them to your bowl and leave them for an hour. This will make the cereal all mushy (yuk!) but more importantly, the milk will take on the flavour of your cereal (yum!).

Strain the milk from the cereal. I did this using my sieve. You need to keep the milk, I strained it straight into another bowl and left to one side.

How to Make the Breakfast Cereal Cupcakes

Next, I followed the recipe for my Vanilla Cupcakes I combined the butter and sugar and mixed until it is lovey and fluffy and soft. Next, I add in the flour, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract and half the milk (keep the other half of the milk. I popped mine in the fridge until I needed it again).

These cupcakes will be runnier compared to my normal vanilla cupcake recipe this is just because of the extra milk you are adding in. Once you have mixed your ingredients and they are all incorporated spoon the mixture into your baking cups and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and spring back when touched.

I used these Iced Jems Baking Cups for this recipe. I thought the blue baking cups would be perfect as they match the colour of the cereal box.

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When you take your cupcakes out of the oven there are several different ways to tell if they are baked. The first is to touch them gently. If they spring back then they are ready.

Another is if you insert a cake skewer into the thickest part of the cake and it comes out clean then they are ready. If there is still cake mixture on the skewer pop them back into the oven for 2-3 minutes and check again. Repeat until the skewer comes out clean.

The method that I use along with the spring back method is to listen to the cupcakes. If you hear them bubbling and popping then they aren’t quite ready yet. Again, pop them back in the oven for 2-3 minutes and check them again. When the cupcakes come out and they are completely silent they are ready.

How to Make Breakfast Cereal Buttercream

While your breakfast cereal cupcakes are cooling you can make the buttercream. In your bowl mix together the butter and sugar until it is completely combined. Now, with the remaining milk from earlier add 2tbsp at a time until the buttercream reaches the desired consistency.

I pipe the buttercream onto the top of my cupcakes using a Wilton 1M Piping Tip and these piping bags. In a little change from normal, I piped around the edge of my cupcakes to create a well in the middle. I then filled the well in the middle with Golden Nuggets.


Muffin Tray

Mixing Bowl




Ice Cream Scoop

Cake Tester

Piping Tip

Piping Bag


Golden Nuggets – I used Golden Nuggets as they are my favourite breakfast cereal but you can easily swap this for your favourite breakfast cereal.

Milk – I used whole milk. This is the fattiest milk I could find. When you add it to your Golden Nuggets the cereal will soak up some of the milk but the cereal will also flavour the milk so when you add it to your cupcakes you get the amazing cereal taste.

Unsalted Butter – In the cupcake batter, you can use either unsalted butter or Stork. However, in the buttercream, you must use Unsalted Butter. This is the kind that comes in a block and is normally wrapped in foil. If you use Stork or another baking spread in your buttercream it will be far too soft.

Caster Sugar – The caster sugar in this recipe adds to the sweetness of your cupcakes

Self-Raising Flour – The self-raising flour gives the cupcake its strength and holds all of the cake together.

Eggs – I use 1 egg for every 50g of mixture I use. So I use 145g of unsalted butter, sugar and self-raising flour so I would then use 3 eggs in the mixture.  The eggs in this recipe help to add structure to the cakes. It also helps bind the cupcakes mixture together.

Baking Powder – I used Dr Oetker baking powder. The baking powder releases Carbon Dioxide gas into the batter, causing bubbles which help the cake to rise.

Vanilla Extract – I used Dr Oetker Vanilla Extract in these cupcakes

Icing Sugar – I use Silver Spoon icing sugar in the buttercream for these cupcakes. It helps create the sweetness within the buttercream and to be honest, I don’t think you can make this type of buttercream without icing sugar.

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Breakfast Cereal Cupcakes

Sarah Mark
These incredible breakfast cereal cupcakes are vanilla flavoured with a breakfast cereal twist. With a breakfast cereal buttercream and decorated of course with your favourite breakfast cereal.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating Time 40 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the Breakfast Cereal Milk

  • 90 g Golden Nuggets
  • 250 ml Whole Milk

For the Cupcakes

  • 145 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
  • 145 g Caster Sugar
  • 145 g Self-Raisng Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Cereal Milk

For the Buttercream

  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 250 g Unsalted Butter
  • 3-6 tbsp Cereal Milk
  • Golden Nuggets


To Make the Breakfast Cereal Milk

  • In a bowl add the cereal and milk and leave for an hour.
  • Drain the milk from the cereal into a separate bowl and leave to one side.

To Make the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line amuffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder and half of the cereal milk and whisk until all combined. Cover the remaining milk with foil or cling film and put it in the fridge, we will need it later for the buttercream.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcakeliners. I use asmall ice cream scoop to do this so I know that they are alleven.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Youwill know the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown and springy totouch.

To Make the Buttercream

  • While the cupcakes are cooling make thebuttercream.
  • In a large bowl add the butter, icingsugar and mix until it is all combined. Add 1tbsp of Cereal Milk from earlierinto the buttercream mixing inbetween each addition until it reaches thedesired consistency.
  • Pipe the buttercream onto the top of the cake and decorate with Golden Nuggets.


  • For this recipe, you really can use any of your favourite breakfast cereals. 
  • These cupcakes should last 2-3 days in an airtight container 

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  • Lee | Wrestling With Hotels

    3 October 2020 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    I just want to lick off the icing with the cereal… 😍😍

  • Lanae Bond

    3 October 2020 at 4:30 pm

    That is a great way to get the flavoring of the cereal in your cupcakes. I would love to try it this recipe!

  • Lucy

    3 October 2020 at 8:54 pm

    These look amazing! I never thought about using cereal (apart from Rice Krispies) to make cakes! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      4 October 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! They are honestly delicious and you can use any cereal you want.

  • Kayleigh Zara

    4 October 2020 at 8:42 pm

    These look sooo good! The frosting on the cupcakes looks so delicious, and they look so easy to make x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      17 October 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you lovely! They are super easy to make x

  • Reads and Ramblings

    4 October 2020 at 9:04 pm

    5 stars
    This is one of the coolest recipes I’ve seen. Im definitely sharing this with my uni mates because we’re always moaning about not using our milk and cereal before it goes bad. Such a great use for them!!! Xxx

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      17 October 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you lovely! It would be a perfect and super delicious way to use up milk and cereal before they go back. I hope you and your uni mates enjoy if you do make them.

  • Madi Dearson

    4 October 2020 at 11:39 pm

    This is such a cool idea for a cupcake! I never came across anything similar and now I am so curious to try it. Thanks so much for sharing it – saving it to try with the kids, I have a feeling they are going to love it.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      17 October 2020 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    6 October 2020 at 11:12 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these look amazing, a great way to use cereal 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      17 October 2020 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you! A perfect way to use cereal.

  • Karalee Shotola

    18 October 2020 at 9:30 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow these look amazing & delicious! The cereal options are limited in Denmark, but the possibilities seem endless in that you can use any cereal to make yummy cupcakes!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you! I had no idea that cereal options were limited in Denmark but yeah you can use any breakfast cereal you want.

  • Baby Boomer Super Saver

    1 November 2020 at 11:14 am

    My grandmother used to make delicious blueberry bran muffins using bran cereal and buttermilk. The bran cereal stayed in the batter, which added extra fiber to the muffins. They were always best right out of the oven, slathered with butter. Beautiful piping on your icing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      10 November 2020 at 4:32 pm

      These sound utterly delicious!

  • Faye

    1 November 2020 at 11:54 am

    I have to say I thought this was such a strange concept but you’ve convinced me they’re delicious haha! They look absolutely amazing as well 🙂


    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      10 November 2020 at 4:32 pm

      I am glad I have been able to convince you they are delicious!

  • Della

    1 November 2020 at 1:16 pm

    These cupcakes excite me so much! I used to be obsessed with Golden Nuggets x


    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      10 November 2020 at 4:32 pm

      I only rediscovered them recently but they are my absolute favourite!

  • Jennifer Marston

    1 November 2020 at 2:27 pm

    5 stars
    I used to love Golden Nuggets when I was younger but honestly I can’t remember the last time I had them! I really want some now and these cupcakes look delicious!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      10 November 2020 at 4:31 pm

      I have only rediscovered them recently but they are soooo good!

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