Eton Mess Cupcakes

Eton Mess has to be my all time favourite dessert especially in the Summer months. It’s the kind of dessert that’s the epitome of Summer for me. Sweet fresh strawberries mixed with crumbled meringue and freshly whipped cream. If that doesn’t sound like the MOST heavenly thing on earth, then I don’t know what does! And as I love being creative and experimenting with new recipes, I thought I would combine my favourite all-time Summer dessert into cupcake form! This is a fun, delicious cupcake recipe that will definitely become a hit once you try it! Enjoy everyone and have a great weekend!

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150g of unsalted butter, really soft

150g of golden caster sugar

Good splash of pure Vanilla extract (approx. 1 tsp)

3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

150g of self-raising flour, sifted Enough ice cold water, to loosen mixture- A friend of mine gave me this tip- the water makes the cake lighter!

Vanilla Buttercream- 

150g of unsalted butter, softened

300g of icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp of vanilla bean paste

Toppings & decoration- 

Crumbled Meringue pieces

Fresh Strawberries


1. To make the cupcakes: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and mix through thoroughly. Now fold in the sifted flour and add just enough water to loosen the mixture a little.

2. Distribute the batter between the cupcake cases- I like to use an ice cream scoop, as this way I know all the cupcakes are the same size and will bake evenly. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until nice and risen and a cake tester comes out completely clean. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then remove and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

3. For the buttercream & decoration: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Starting on low speed, cream together for a few seconds, then turn the speed up to medium and beat the mixture for 5 minutes until light and really creamy and pale in colour. Once the buttercream is ready, fit a piping bag with your favourite nozzle- I went for a large star tip. Then fill the bag with the buttercream. Pipe a nice swirl onto each cupcake, then crumble over a little meringue and finish with a fresh strawberry.

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131 thoughts on “Eton Mess Cupcakes

  1. Another stunning recipe, Jess! You are such a creative cook! I went shopping yesterday to attempt your custard cream fudge (with Oreo). Will let you know how that goes. Off to the kitchen now. x Mel

    • Thank you Mel! You’re always so kind- and say the nicest things! Really pleased you’re going to try my fudge recipe, adding Oreo’s sounds amazing too! Hope you enjoy the recipe, let me know how it goes! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend! xx

      • Didn’t make them today as I’ve been having doubts… Here is the dilemma. The fudge is for lil man’s school fair next Sat. I would make regular fudge now and keep it in sealed container no problem for a week but am not sure about yours because if the clotted cream. Do you think I should make it at the last minute and keep in fridge or can I make ahead and keep in airtight container? X

      • With my fudge, it’s best made at the last minute- I think it’s tastes better than when it’s not been sat around for too long. But you can make it and store in an airtight container for a few days- around 2-3 days if you prefer. Hope that helps! 🙂 xx

    • Hi Mary Frances! Really pleased my posts give you new recipe ideas! These cupcakes were amazingly good- the meringue brings a lovely crunch and the buttercream is super light and fluffy. Aren’t fresh strawberries so good?! 🙂

    • Hi Suzanne! Eton Mess has to be my favourite dessert ever! I thought it was just a little bit of fun to combine this amazing dessert into cupcake form- and it worked really well! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. These look good, Jess! I want to eat them all right now! I love the touch of meringue on the cupcakes – it looks fun and I bet it tastes great. Such colorful and lovely photos, too!

    • Thank you Ngan! They were so good- I could’ve devoured quite a few in one go! The meringue brings an amazing crunch and works really well with the fresh strawberries and other flavours. Really pleased you like the recipe and pics! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I don’t think I’ve had Eaton Mess Cupcakes before, but I would love to try this! Besides, nothing can go wrong with cupcakes, right? Everything here looks really good and party goers will love these yummy treats of yours! Also, I love the idea of the crumbled meringue pieces. I love meringue!! <3

    Thanks for bringing these! Have a wonderful weekend and happy Fiesta Friday! 😉

    • Hi Jhuls! You need to try these cupcakes ASAP and some Eton Mess too- you’ll love both recipes so much! Cupcakes are always great- so many different flavours and combinations! The meringue was a really lovely addition to the cakes! My pleasure sharing the recipe, really pleased you like it! Have a great weekend! 🙂 xx

  5. These look lovely,but you cannot beat home-made meringue! Eton mess has to be my favourite summer dessert too, and these cupcakes look so tempting! L x

    • Thank you Lynsey Jade! You’re so right, homemade meringue really is the best- but shop-bought is always great when you don’t have any time to make your own like me. Eton Mess is one of the best Summer desserts- they were really tasty! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Lorraine! Cupcakes + Eton Mess = HEAVEN! Definitely the best dessert ever, really pleased you like the recipe, thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 🙂 xx

  6. These cupcakes look so cute…and delicious…like the meringue on the topping.
    Have a great weekend Jess 😀

    • Hi Julianna! Really happy you like the recipe! The meringue was really lovely, bought a different dimension and texture to the cupcake. Have a great weekend too! 🙂

    • Thanks Lilli! Eton Mess has to be the best dessert ever, right?! Strawberries really are the best fruit- definitely remind me of the Summer when I eat them! Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

  7. I’ve never tried Eton mess, but I have tried and loved pavlova. If these cupcakes are anything like that, I need to make them ASAP! Great idea!

    • Hi Chaya! You’d love Eton Mess- strawberries mixed with freshly whipped cream and crumbled meringue- what’s not to like?! You’ll love the recipe, hope you enjoy!

    • Hi Helen! You’re always so kind- I’d been planning this recipe since last Summer! I’m actually these for a stall next weekend, so fingers crossed they’ll go down well!! Hope your move is going well- have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. Hi Jess – thank you so much for bringing these creative, adorable and utterly delicious cupcakes to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #15. What a fabulous idea to combine cupcakes with Eton Mess – you are very clever indeed!! Well, these will not last long around here – everyone is raving about them! Enjoy the party!!

  9. Another recipe amazing Jess! It looks fantastic! This seems parfait for a garden party. It’s a great idea! Have a nice sunday 🙂

    • Thanks Eva! I’ll definitely be making these for Summer parties in the garden this year- they taste so good! Have a great Sunday too! 🙂

    • Wow, that cheesecake looks amazing Helena! Definitely going to make that in the Summer- would make a brilliant dessert for a garden party! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. These look so yummy! I’m a huge fan of Eton Mess too – I tried to make eton mess cupcakes last summer but it was my first time making meringue from scratch and they came out so perfect I couldn’t bring myself to crumble them up haha! I did end up with some rather yummy pavlova cupcakes instead! Your recipe looks divine though, I will definitely have to try it soon x

  11. I’ve never had Eton Mess, Jessica! It sounds fabulous and these cupcakes of yours look so tasty. Strawberry and sponge cake are a perfect combo. 🙂

    • Hi Patty! You need to try Eton mess soon- couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s the perfect recipe for a Summer dinner party dessert! The cupcake are just a fun twist on this classic- so I’m really happy you like the recipe! 🙂

  12. I’ll be honest…I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Eton Mess before. But it sounds incredible! The crumbled meringue is truly drool-worthy!!

    • Thanks so much David! Can’t believe you’ve never heard or tried Eton Mess! You’re missing out- it’s so good and makes the perfect dessert for a Summer garden party or BBQ. The meringue really was the best part for me!

    • Gracias Rosa! You’re so kind- your lovely words always make my day! I know for definite that you’d love these cupcakes! Definitely looking forward to the Summer even more now! 🙂

      Besos xx

  13. Jessica, these cupcakes look so delicious! I’ve never had Eton Mess, but I’ve seen it, and it always looks so good. I love that you made it into a cupcake that’s just perfect for spring/summer!

    • Thank you Denise! I wish I’d just picked them from my garden- but we’re actually growing our own strawberries this year. So fingers crossed, hopefully I’ll have lots of fresh hone grown strawberries to blog about! 🙂

  14. Such a great summer cupcake! I love that strawberries are finally starting to get good again by me – I can’t stop buying them! haha

  15. This is such a brilliant idea for a cupcake flavor! I love the crumbled meringues, and those gorgeous strawberries. Pinning!

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