Percy Pig Cupcakes

These Percy Pig Cupcakes are as delicious as they are adorable. Raspberry flavoured sponge is studded with fresh raspberries, topped with a swirl of grape buttercream and, of course, a Percy Pig.

For those of you in the know, Percy Pigs are the god tier jelly sweet. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, listen up, you’re about to be taken to Percy school. Percy Pigs are a pig shaped gummy that is flavoured with a combination of raspberry, strawberry, grape and apple fruit juices. They are produced by Marks and Spencer, are completely vegetarian and 100% addictive as hell.

I decided to concentrate this recipe on the raspberry and grape flavourings as that’s what stands out to me when I eat a Percy. With that in mind, I had to lean into flavourings you don’t normally see in the shops. Raspberry is pretty widely available in the UK but I grabbed my Grape flavouring from Amazon.

I added fresh raspberries to the batter but you can add frozen or skip them completely if you have fussy eaters amongst your ranks. You could even go one step further, hollow the cupcakes out and fill them with Percy Pig dessert sauce. I decided against doing that as the cakes would have to be eaten same day as the sauce would quickly seep into the sponge making it soggy quite quickly. But if you’re eating the cakes shortly after baking, this would be a delicious addition!

As a Percy Pig addict I had to go ahead and use the official Percy Pig Sprinkles because they’re so darned cute but go ahead and use any you have to hand. And yes, if you’re outside of the UK, you’d be right in questioning the vast array of Percy Pig merch but you’d be surprised. This little pig has the heart of all of England. If you ever find yourself in our little corner of the globe, make sure you try them for yourself!

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Close up of a Percy Pig Cupcake with its wrapper removed. Yellow sponge with flecks of raspberry is displayed with a splayed cupcake wrapper on a glass plate.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO NEED:

  • Unsalted Butter – Make sure your butter is at room temperature before you start, this makes blending the sugar much easier.
  • Caster Sugar – A fine grain sugar perfect for baking, the sugar crystals are perfectly created to dissolve quickly into your butter making sure the finished result isn’t gritty. Also called Superfine sugar in the US.
  • Eggs – Always large, always free range!
  • Raspberry Flavour – I found my Raspberry Flavouring in Waitrose, it’s all natural and gives a bit more oomph to the cupcake.
  • Grape Flavouring – Try as I might I couldn’t find natural grape flavouring, probably because it tastes nothing like actual grapes. You’re gonna have to lean into the artificial flavours for this one.
  • Self Raising Flour – This is flour with added raising agent. If you use plain flour make sure to add 1tsp baking powder.
  • Whole Milk – Full fat milk. You can substitute semi skimmed milk but the texture of the cupcakes may be slightly different due to the loss of fat.
  • Icing Sugar – Also known as powdered or confectioners sugar.
  • Percy Pigs – Fruit flavoured pig shaped gummies available from Marks and Spencer in the UK. If you don’t have access to Percy Pigs you can substitute with any fruity gummies. Preferably shaped like an animal.

Tips for making Percy Pig Cupcakes:

  • Butter – Always start with room temperature butter. It’s mush easier to cream with the sugar. Using butter that is too hard means you’ll leave tiny lumps of butter in the batter that dissolve when cooking and leave the crumb of the cupcake full of holes. Not a great texture. Aim to get your butter from the fridge at least an hour before baking.
  • Can I use frozen raspberries? – Yes, there is no need to defrost before baking. Just add them in frozen as normal.
  • What if I can’t get Percy Pigs? – Percy Pigs are only available in M&S in the UK so if you’re unable to lay your hands on them you can use any kind of fruit flavoured gummy. Try to find something with raspberry and grape flavours to compliment the cupcake.
  • Can I freeze these cupcakes? – You can freeze the un iced cupcakes for up to three months.
Cupcakes topped with a pink swirl of frosting and topped with a Percy Pig sweet. One Percy Pig Cupcake sits on a small glass plate in the forefront of the image with a cake fork balanced in front.

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Percy Pig Cupcakes


Description

These Percy Pig Cupcakes are as delicious as they are adorable. Raspberry flavoured sponge is studded with fresh raspberries, topped with a swirl of grape buttercream and, of course, a Percy Pig.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 large, free range eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp raspberry flavouring
  • 100g fresh raspberries
  • 50ml whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2tsp grape extract (from Amazon)
  • sprinkles and Percy Pigs to decorate

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 170C and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with liners. Set aside.
  2. In the the bowl of an electric mixer mix the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, around 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time mixing between each addition.
  3. Add half the flour and mix until just combined, add the milk and raspberry flavouring followed by the rest of the flour and the baking powder. Mix until everything is combined. Using a wooden spoon stir through the raspberries taking care not to break them up too much.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop fill each cupcake liner to 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes until risen and springy when touched. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to a baking rack to finish cooling.
  5. To make the frosting mix the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and soft. Add the icing sugar and mix on the lowest speed until the sugar is incorporated with the butter then turn the speed up to high.  Add the grape flavouring and whip for 5 minutes, if the frosting looks too stiff add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach a nice piping consistency.
  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled fill a piping bag, fitted with an open star nozzle with the grape frosting frosting and pipe a cute swirl on top of each cake. Top each cake with sprinkles and a Percy Pig sweet.

Notes

You can get Raspberry Flavouring in most large supermarkets but you’ll have to find Grape online.

Feel free to swap out fresh raspberries for frozen.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Percy Pig, Cupcakes, Raspberry, M&S

16 Comments

  1. June 19, 2022 / 8:10 pm

    These Percy Pig candies are super cute! The flavours in your cupcakes sound super delicious!

  2. June 20, 2022 / 2:28 pm

    Those are so cute and cannot wait to make them.

    • June 21, 2022 / 9:42 am

      Oh thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

      Katie xoxo

      • June 23, 2022 / 6:37 pm

        These are the cutest cupcakes. I tired this recipe and it was really fluffy and yummy

  3. June 20, 2022 / 2:52 pm

    I have never heard of percy pig before but will have to give them a try! These cupcakes look absolutely adorable

    • June 21, 2022 / 9:42 am

      Oh you’re in for a treat. Percy Pigs are delicious! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

      Katie xoxo

  4. June 20, 2022 / 7:11 pm

    Oh my gosh these are so stinking cute!

  5. June 20, 2022 / 8:37 pm

    wow these cupcakes looks super ! the colors and the flavours was bang on. everyone was praising this at the baby shower.

    • June 21, 2022 / 9:43 am

      Thank you so much for your review Nancy, I’m so glad you enjoyed them.

      Katie xoxo

  6. June 21, 2022 / 3:43 pm

    These cupcakes are beautiful and so cute! Love how perfect the pink color is!

  7. June 22, 2022 / 9:43 pm

    my wife made these for our daughter’s bday and all the guests loved it

  8. Jerika
    June 23, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Wow! These Percy Pig Cupcakes are cute!:) I love that you added raspberries.:) Can’t wait to try these over the weekend. Thanks!:)

  9. Natalie
    June 23, 2022 / 12:31 pm

    My kids love Percy pig! They will be delighted when I make this for a birthday party coming up, thanks!

  10. Kayla DiMaggio
    June 23, 2022 / 3:49 pm

    These pig cupcakes were the cutest thing! Loved making them for a birthday party!

  11. June 23, 2022 / 5:46 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! Can’t wait to make them myself at home! Love them!

  12. June 23, 2022 / 6:17 pm

    These are adorable. I wish my MIL were still with us. I would surprise her with a batch. She was all about pigs. Had a kitchen full of every pig thing she could find.

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