Operation Cupcake

June 4, 2011

The cyber-warfare operation was launched by MI6 and GCHQ in an attempt to disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit “lone-wolf” terrorists with a new English-language magazine, the Daily Telegraph understands.

didn’t like the cupcakes?

When_followers tried to download the 67-page colour magazine, instead of instructions about how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by “The AQ Chef” they were greeted with garbled computer code.
The code, which had been inserted into the original magazine by the British intelligence hackers, was actually a web page of recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America” published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show.
Written by Dulcy Israel and produced by Main Street Cupcakes in Hudson, Ohio, it said “the little cupcake is big again” adding: “Self-contained and satisfying, it summons memories of childhood even as it’s updated for today’s sweet-toothed hipsters.”
It included a recipe for the Mojito Cupcake – “made of white rum cake and draped in vanilla buttercream”- and the Rocky Road Cupcake – “warning: sugar rush ahead!”
The magazine is produced by the radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki Photo: AP/ALAMY


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • .25 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • (aka your basic cupcake recipe)
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 shot of rum
  • 1 tbsp mint (or chop up a handful of fresh mint)
  • Glaze:
  • 3 tbsp rum,
  • 2 tbsp lime,
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar and
  • 1 tsp mint
  • Frosting:
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
  • a shot of rum
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • some chopped up mint
  • brown sugar to taste/texture



mix it up, then put it in cupcake wrappers in a tin. bake for 20 minutes at 350


while that’s going on mix 3 tbsp rum, 2 tbsp lime, 2 tbsp brown sugar and a tsp mint together in a saucepan and simmer it for 5 minutes.

when the cupcakes come out, poke a few holes in the top and then pour a tsp or so of the syrup into the holes. (if you’re feeling really wacky, also pour a bit of rum in the holes).

mix it up.