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Sheep Cupcakes

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posted: 03/16/15

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Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!

Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!


I originally made these sheep cupcakes back when Gavin was turning five for his Skylander party.

Aren’t they almost too cute to eat?

Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!

Well, since it’s almost Easter, and sheep are so cute and spring like, I thought the recipe and the photos could use a little updating.

Well . . . that and we had another Skylander party.

Don’t judge us.

Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!

These bad boys are completely from scratch. They have an awesomely moist chocolate cupcake body, that is just so good! You make 24 cupcakes, but I only needed 16 cupcakes for our party. The rule of sheep head here is that you get about four sheep for every cupcake that you crumble and add 1/2 tablespoon of frosting too. And this frosting is kind of ridiculous. Like hand me a spoon ridiculous. You use some little candy eyes for the eyes, and you rip the sides off a mini marshmallow for the ears (about 1/3 of a mini marshmallow = one ear).

Fact:  I have eaten two sheep heads while writing this post.

Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!


5 from 8 votes

Sheep Cupcakes

Serves: 24 chocolate cupcakes, or 16 sheep
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  • For Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk I used skim
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • For Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • For Decorating
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips approximately
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows approximately
  • candy eyes
  • 1 cupcake + 1/2 TBSP of frosting = 4 sheep heads


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix the the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add in the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir until the batter is fully combined.
  • Fill each cupcake liner approximately 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes (in two batches), or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out with just a few crumbs. Allow to cool completely.
  • To make frosting, beat the butter until fluffy. Then add the powdered sugar gradually, one cup at a time. Add in the vanilla and milk.
  • To make the sheep heads, break up four of the cooled cupcakes into crumbs. Mix in two tablespoons of the vanilla frosting. This will make approximately 16 heads. (1 cupcake + 1/2 TBSP of frosting = about 4 sheep heads) Roll the mixed frosting and cupcake crumbs into 16 ovals for heads.
  • Place the heads on a wax paper lined plate for about 15 minutes. Then me them to the refrigerator.
  • Melt the 2 cups chocolate chips. Taking just two or three sheep heads out of the refrigerator at a time, drop them in the chocolate and then use a spoon to cover completely. Pull out with a fork and tap it on the edge of the bowl to get off the excess chocolate. Set it on the wax paper.
  • Break a mini marshmallow up into thirds. Use the two outer thirds for the ears of the sheep and two candy eye balls for the eyes. Let dry completely. Repeat with the rest of the sheep heads.
  • Frost the cupcakes with a small amount of frosting, just enough to cover the top. Set a dry sheep head on top. Then surround the sheep head and the rest of the top with mini marshmallows. Repeat with the rest of the cupcakes.
Author: Lisa Longley

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Sheep Cupcakes! Cute and unbelievably delicious!!

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  1. Conny says

    Hey Lisa!

    I just adore your sheep and plan to feature them in my next blogpost that I am just composing. Containing cute sheep thingies.
    If for some reason you don’t agree with that, just send me an email!


  2. Deborah says

    These are a thing of beauty, I’ve never really wanted to make cupcakes…. but I’ve now seen the sheep and the sheep must be made…. ALL THE SHEEEEEEPPPPPP

    Thanks for an awesome tutorial, I’m totally going to do this!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Ha! This cracked me up. Thanks Deborah!

  3. malena says

    what is the head made of?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Broken up cupcakes

  4. Jessica says

    Hi, i’m making 40 sheeps. Do you know the time you spend on it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, I’m so late answering this Jessica. I don’t know how long they took me. I would guess you would need at least two hours.

  5. Alice says

    How far in advance can I make these cupcakes? Would they sit well for 2 days?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry Alice! I’m really late in getting back to you. For anyone else wondering, I would make the cupcakes and the sheep heads and refrigerate them and then assemble right before. The marshmallows will get all weird if they are made two days ahead.

  6. Hollie Waters-Dewhurst says

    Hi these are great. Are they cup cake size (uk) or muffin size?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry Hollie, I don’t know how to answer that. In the US, the muffin tins are used for cupcakes and muffins . . .

  7. Lisa says

    5 stars
    These are absolutely adorable! But, instead of all the work of making the sheepshead’s just use Reese‘s peanut butter eggs they look perfect.

  8. Anais says

    Is the oven temp in degrees fahrenheit or celsius?

    • Lisa Longley says


  9. Talia says

    Could the sheep heads be made ahead and frozen or refrigerated?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! I think that would work fine!

  10. Debbie says

    I am sooooo going to make these
    Even if I can’t decorate for nothing I do believe I can pull this off
    So cute and great directions you have given
    Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them, I’m sure they will be adorable, Debbie!

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