Sunday, 9 September 2018

Jean-Christophe Novelli's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Cakes #BeBoldGoGold

Renowned celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has whipped up a delicious gold-themed cupcake recipe to raise awareness and money as part of a leading cancer charity’s #BeBoldGoGold campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. The French chef, whose young son Valentino was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer at just eight weeks old, hopes lots of people will get involved and have a go at baking the quick and easy recipe.

Jean-Christophe’s golden honey and lemon cupcakes reflect the gold theme of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with supporters also being encouraged to wear a gold ribbon and help spread the word that cancer affects everyone, even children.

Jean-Christophe said: “I hope my recipe is a fun way for everyone including children to join in with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help raise awareness. People can raise funds for childhood cancer by donating to CCLG or even having a cupcake bake sale! Until you are going through this experience yourself, you simply cannot imagine what it will be like.”

Jean-Christophe Novelli's golden honey and lemon cupcakes



2 eggs
125g self-raising flour
125g margarine
25g runny honey
75g caster sugar
Zest of 1 lemon

Honey filling (optional)

75g sugar
55g runny honey
110g double cream
1tbsp butter

Honey buttercream

125g soft butter
175g icing sugar
25g runny honey


Runny honey filling

Place the honey and sugar in a small pan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is melted.
Allow the mixture to bubble gently without stirring for a few minutes until the mixture becomes caramel coloured.
Take off the heat and stir in the cream then the butter.
Let this mixture cool before putting it in the cupcakes.


Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Lay 10 metallic gold cupcake cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
Put all the ingredients for the cupcakes in a bowl and beat together, ideally with an electric mixer, until combined and soft.
Divide the mixture between the 10 cases.
Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden and springy to touch.


Carefully beat the icing sugar and soft butter together until soft and creamy (this is easier with an electric mixer but the icing sugar can create a huge cloud of sugar dust, so beware!)
Add the honey and beat until combined.

Assembling the cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are cool cut a hole in the middle and fill the hole with the runny honey filling.
Top the cupcakes with buttercream.

To decorate:

Rose piping:
Use a piping bag with a large star nozzle filled with buttercream. Start piping from the centre of the cupcake and spiral outwards finishing on the edge. Finish with a puff of edible gold glitter.

Gold sprinkles:
Spread the buttercream on to the cupcake using a butter knife then sprinkle gold crunch sprinkles on top.

Smiley face:
To make the gold dome, roll out caramel coloured sugarpaste and cut out a large circle. Gently lay the circle over a foam dome and allow to dry overnight. To make the face, pipe white dots using royal icing, cut out eyes and a mouth using circle cutters and black and white sugarpaste.


The full cupcake recipe can be downloaded at

To find out how you can get involved or how to donate in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #CCAM, visit:

To donate £3 text GOLD to 70700


  1. Cupcakes sound good and great cause!

  2. It is such a great cause! I saw him, his wife and son on ITV's This Morning a little while ago about how cancer has effected them. The cakes look amazing!
    (P.S I have a very similar post coming soon. Please don't think I am copying) x

  3. Beautiful recipe, and such a sad story behind it. I remember reading about Novelli's baby son.

  4. Such a good idea I saw them recently on this morning thankfully the baby was given the all clear for now he is 2 same age as my boy charlie

    1. Yes, it all came to a happy conclusion - it always makes it more "realistic" when it's the same age as one of our own children, doesn't it? xx

  5. Great cause. These are beautiful.


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