- 250g pack butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 5 egg, beaten
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 250g self-raising flour, plus an extra 2 tbsp
- 1 tsp baking powder
Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
- zest 1 orange, plus 2 tbsp of the juice
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- 250g natural marzipan, coarsely grated (easiest if chilled beforehand)
One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…
- ½ tsp almond essence, optional
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- 200g glacé cherry, halved
For the decoration
- about 100g/4oz icing sugar, sifted
- mini chocolate eggs, to decorate
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and place 24 cupcake cases into cupcake tins. Beat the butter and sugar together with electric beaters or a tabletop mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 250g flour, baking powder, orange zest and juice and beat well till thick, creamy and evenly mixed.
Toss cherries in the extra 2 tbsp flour and fold into the batter along with grated marzipan and almond essence (if using). Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 mins, or until well risen and golden. Leave to cool in tin for 10 mins, then place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Mix the icing sugar with around 1 tbsp water to make a loose but not-too-runny icing. Ice the tops of the cupcakes and top each one with about 3 mini chocolate eggs.