Akta-Vite Koala Cupcakes


What do you think? Is he too cute to eat?

Hi everyone,

Time for some more chocolate-y treats from Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme just in time for the weekend!

This week I recreated Akta-Vite‘s Koala Cupcakes with a couple of small variations from the original recipe. 

Instead of black jelly beans for the noses of the koalas, I used almond M ‘n’ Ms (I just can’t get enough chocolate, can I)? 

I figured the almond shape would work perfectly for the little noses. 

I also alternated between blue and brown M ‘n’ Ms for the eyes because I thought it might look interesting to have some blue-eyed as well as brown-eyed koalas. 

And the mini marshmallows I bought came in orange, pink, yellow, and green, so I tried some different coloured ears for the koalas as well. 

It was such a fun recipe. Thanks Akta-Vite!

Experimenting with colours: An orange-eared, blue-eyed koala
Koala Cupcakes Recipe
125g butter, at room temperature
200g Akta-Vite (Aussie-made drinking chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs
100g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
Icing / Frosting
30g Akta-Vite dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
100g butter, at room temperature 
1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
250g icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
24 brown M ‘n’ Ms (I used 12 brown and 12 blue)
12 pink marshmallows (or any colour you choose), cut in half (or alternatively you can use 24 mini marshmallows)
12 brown almond M ‘n’ Ms, or 12 black jelly beans if you prefer 
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 200°C. Line 12 cup muffin tray with cupcake papers.


Sift or whisk together the flour and baking powder and set aside.

Cream butter, vanilla, and Akta-Vite with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until most of the Akta-Vite has dissolved and the mix is creamy and paler in colour (approx. 2-3 minutes).

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Using a large metal spoon, fold a quarter of the flour in followed by a tablespoon of the buttermilk/milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon into cupcake papers to about 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 15 minutes. 

Allow to cool before icing and decorating.

Directions – Icing

Using a food processor, hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together all ingredients until light and fluffy. 

Add a little milk if too dry, or extra icing sugar if too runny. 

Ice each cupcake with approx. 1 tablespoon of the icing mix.

To make the koala faces, place two marshmallow halves at the top for ears, a black jelly bean for the nose and two M ‘n’ Ms for the eyes. 

Sprinkle with coconut and gently shake to remove excess. 



Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

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This post is sponsored by Akta-Vite. The opinions are 100% my own.

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