preheat oven to 170°c/150°c fan forced. line a 12-hole (1/3 cup/80ml) muffin pan with paper cases.
sift flour into a large mixing bowl, add sugar. whisk together eggs, NESTLÉ CARNATION Lite Cooking Cream, butter and vanilla essence. add to flour and beat at low speed until just combined; increase speed and beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
spoon mixture into cupcake cases. bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. cool completely.
using an electric beater, cream butter for 1-2 minutes until pale. add icing sugar and water; beat until fluffy and creamy. colour with colouring if desired.
spread icing over cupcakes. decorate with edible mini animal decorations, if desired.
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