Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Recipe | Christmas Cupcakes.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Christmas Cupcakes - Elizabeth Anne
Who can say 'no' to a cute Christmas cupcake? These delicious little treats are a twist on the classic Christmas cake, incorporating mixed fruit, brandy and festive spices with a generous amount of smooth almond buttercream topping. Decorated with sweet Christmas toppers, a sprinkle of glitter and pretty paper cases make these a joy to share with family and friends.

Ingredients

300g mixed fruit
100ml brandy
200g unsalted butter
300g soft dark brown sugar
4 eggs
160g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp mixed spice
60g ground almonds

Frosting

500g icing sugar
160g unsalted butter
50ml whole milk
½ tsp almond essence

How to

1 | Preheat the oven to 190 / 375 F or gas mark 5. In a bowl, add the mixed fruit and brandy to soak for 30 minutes (alternatively you could use rum). Prepare a cupcake tray with your favourite festive cases and place to one side to use later.

2 | Start off by beating the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.

3 | Sift in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice to the creamed mixture and beat together. Add the almonds followed by the brandy-soaked mixed fruit and mix until combined.

4 | Divide the cupcake batter between the paper cases, filling each two-thirds full. Pop into the oven for 18-20 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and spring back gently when pressed. Leave the cupcakes to cool and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5 | To make the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter together until a light powdery texture is formed. Gradually add the milk a little at a time beating well between each addition. Add the almond essence and mix until fully combined.

6 | Either spoon or pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake and decorate as you wish! I used edible glitter and cupcake toppers!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and happy holidays! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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