1 For the cupcakes: heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350°F gas 4. Place paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
2 Put all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until smooth. Alternatively beat well with a wooden spoon.
3 Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool.
4 For the decoration: roll out the sugarpaste on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out 12 rounds, slighly smaller than the cakes. Dampen the sugarpaste rounds and attach to the cakes.
5 Attach the green sweets for the 'eyes'. Brush on a little icing sugar and black food coluirng as in the photo.
6 Attach the blue sweets in the centre of the cakes. Add red liquorice strips to form a smiley 'mouth' on each cake.