Just look at these cupcakes for a second. I mean look at how amazing they look. These Party Ring Cupcakes have a light brown sugar sponge, vanilla buttercream and a white chocolate drizzle to look just like the famous biscuit.

If you don’t know party rings are biscuits made by Foxes. They are round and have a hole in the middle a bit like a doughnut. When I was younger I used to put them on my fingers like they were little rings.

I originally made these for my partner to take to work and I wanted to make them a bit more special and fun than a normal vanilla cupcake. So I added light brown sugar to give the cupcake a more caramelly flavour. If you don’t want to do this just replace the light brown sugar with caster sugar for a vanilla cupcake.

Party Ring Cupcakes

First off, I started by preheating my oven, this is such an important step because it means that your cupcakes will all bake evenly and at the same time. Next, I line my oven tray with baking cups. I use these baking cups from Iced Jems, because they are flat bottomed you can pop them on a flat oven tray and they hold their shape. They come in so many different colours and designs. I absolutely love these pink striped ones they work perfectly with these cupcakes.

Next, in a large bowl I start by creaming together the butter and sugar until it is lovely and fluffy. I add in the remaining ingredients and mix again until they are all incorporated and smooth and ta da you have a cupcake mix. It is so simple and easy to make.

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Split the mixture evenly between your cupcake cases. I find the easiest way to do this is by using an Ice Cream Scoop, because then you get the exact amount in each cupcake case. Pop the cupcakes into the centre of your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

How Do I Know When My Cupcakes Are Baked?

If you have used light brown sugar then your cupcakes will be slightly darker in colour compared with vanilla cupcakes. You will know they are baked because if you lightly touch the top of the cupcake it should spring back when you remove your finger.

You can also use a cake tester to test the thickest part of the cupcake. If it comes out clean your cupcakes are ready, if there is still cupcake batter on the end of the skewer pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and then check again. Repeat until the skewer comes out clean.

Can I Decorate My Cupcakes as Soon as They Come Out of the Oven?

Honestly, I wish you could because I am super impatient. As soon as my cupcakes come out of the oven I just want to decorate them and make them look pretty, but you must wait until they are cooled.

If you decorate your cupcake while it is still warm then the butter in the buttercream will just melt and your buttercream will just run off the side of the cupcakes. So I know it is frustrating but please wait until they are cooled fully before decorating.

Decoration

 For the decoration on these cupcakes I based it on the colours of four of the party ring biscuits. I started by making a batch of buttercream. To do this mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until it is lovely and smooth.

If you find the buttercream is too thick add a teaspoon of milk and mix again. Repeat this until the buttercream is the desired consistency.

Now split the buttercream into four separate bowls. In one bowl we are going to leave this white. To the second bowl add a tiny amount of pink food colouring. I wanted to go for a pastel colour with these so I literally added the smallest amount of food colouring possible. If you add to much to start with then you are stuck with that colour. So I would suggest gradually adding little bits of food colouring until you get the perfect colour.

In the third bowl you want to add purple food colouring and to the fourth yellow food colouring. Put all the coloured buttercream into separate piping bags I used these piping bags and my favourite Wilton 1M Piping Tip.

It will look like you don’t have a lot of buttercream in each bag but please don’t worry because we are only going to be piping three cupcakes with each colour.

Once you have piped swirls of buttercream into the cupcakes pop them to one side.

Chocolate Drizzle

Recently I have been loving a chocolate drizzle on my cupcakes. Just like these Biscoff Cupcakes or my White Chocolate Malteser Cupcakes.

Get two heat proof bowls and add white chocolate.

Melt in the microwave in 20 second bursts until the buttercream is completely melted and smooth. Add one bowl of the chocolate to a piping bag and leave to one side. To the second white chocolate add some pink food colouring.

To add the food colouring to the chocolate you CANNOT use a water based food colouring as this will just cause your chocolate to seize. I would recommend using a gel food colouring. Just as you did with your buttercream add a small amount at a time and mix in-between each addition until you get the perfect colour.

Add the pink food colouring to a separate piping bag and snip the end off. With the pink food colouring you want to drizzle this over the yellow and white buttercream cupcakes. With the white food colouring you want to add it to the purple and pink buttercream cupcakes. Finish off with the matching Party Ring biscuit. I used the Mini ones.

 Alternatives

 You can make these any colour you fancy I thought they looked cute matching the party rings thought.

If you don’t want to use light brown sugar you can use caster sugar instead.

Equipment

Scales

Mixing Bowl

Spatula

Measuring Spoons

Ice Cream Scoop

Baking Cups

Piping Tip

Piping Bags

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Party Ring Cupcakes

Sarah Mark
Just look at these cupcakes for a second. I mean look at how amazing they look. These Party Ring Cupcakes have a light brown sugar sponge, vanilla buttercream and a white chocolate drizzle to look just like the famous biscuit.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decoration Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

For the Cupcakes

  • 145 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
  • 145 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 145 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Buttercream

  • 600 g Icing Sugar
  • 300 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 tsp Whole Milk (optional)
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Purple Food Colouring
  • Yellow Food Colouring

For the Decoration

  • 100 g White Chocolate
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Party Rings

Instructions
 

To Make the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until all combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. I use a small ice cream scoop to do this so I know that they are all even. 
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown and springy to touch.

To Make the Buttercream

  • In a bowl add the icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract and mix until it is combined. If you find the buttercream is too thick add 1tbsp of milk and mix again. Repeat until the buttercream is the perfect consistency.
  • Split the buttercream into four bowls. To one bowl add pink food colouring, to the second add purple food colouring and to the third add yellow food colouring. I would recommend adding a small amount at a time and mixing then adding more if you feel it needs it.
  • Add the buttercream to four separate piping bag and pipe onto the top of the cupcakes.

To Decorate

  • Add 50g of white chocolate to two separate bowls and melt in the microwave in 20-second bursts until they are completely melted and smooth.
  • Put one of the bowls of white chocolate into a piping bag and leave to one side.
  • To the second bowl of white chocolate add a small amount of pink food colouring and mix. Repeat until you reach the desired colour. Add this to a piping bag.
  • Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of your pink and purple cupcakes.
  • Drizzle the pink chocolate over the top of the yellow and white cupcakes.
  • Finish with a party ring.

If you do have any questions about these Party Ring Cupcakes or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 

22 Comments

  • Aimsy

    7 March 2021 at 10:37 am

    Ooo party rings were my favourite when I was young! These sound and look delicious. I love the colours of them, matching the party rings. These would be perfect for a birthday party! I may need to have a go at making these, purely for the party rings!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:31 am

      They were my favourite too. I love how bright and fun they are. Thank you!

  • Natasha MacFarlane

    7 March 2021 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    YUMMMM!!!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:31 am

      Thank you!

  • Kat Akcakanat

    7 March 2021 at 4:12 pm

    You have the best and most creative recipe’s!😍

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:31 am

      Thank you very much!

  • Lucy

    7 March 2021 at 5:05 pm

    It wouldn’t be a party without seeing party rings somewhere on the buffet table! These look tasty! x

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

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:33 am

      It certainly wouldn’t!

  • Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    7 March 2021 at 5:36 pm

    These are so cute — I love the look of them! They sound delicious too and perfect for a party. Thanks for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:33 am

      Thank you!

  • Lynn Mejia

    8 March 2021 at 2:13 am

    5 stars
    Aw, these are just adorable! My niece would love them. I havent heard of party rings before your post. Thanks for sharing xx

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:34 am

      Thank you! Oh really? They are delicious little biscuits that come in the brightest and most fun colours.

  • Della Driscoll

    8 March 2021 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Now, these look so delicious, and remind me of all the kids’ parties when I was a kid and the number of party rings I would consume! Great post x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:34 am

      Thank you!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    8 March 2021 at 3:27 pm

    These are the freaking cutest! I love party rings. We have some in the cupboard actually. They’re such a nice treat and look great on cupcakes 🙂 x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:35 am

      They are such a great treat and turning them into cupcakes definitely makes them more tastier (if that is even possible)

  • Stephanie

    8 March 2021 at 4:47 pm

    These would be such a crowd-pleaser! They’re so bright and colorful and fun and I bet they’re just as delicious as they look. What a great recipe!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:35 am

      Thank you! I love how bright and fun they are.

  • Deborah Kos

    9 March 2021 at 11:32 pm

    5 stars
    These party rings cupcakes look so beautiful and delicious. They are perfect for a birthday party. I am keeping the recipe.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      11 March 2021 at 12:35 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe if you do make it

  • Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    17 March 2021 at 10:15 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these look amazing perfect for a birthday party 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      22 March 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you!

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