Little rose & almond cupcakes

Little rose & almond cupcakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr, 15 mins Cook: 22 mins

Skill level



Makes 12

Pretty as a picture, but dead simple. Add a paper flag and these will double as place names or favours at a wedding

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze un-iced
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  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 175g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g melted butter

To decorate

  • 100g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting and sticking syrup
  • 350g ready-roll icing
  • 175g marzipan
  • green, yellow and pink food colourings

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour, almonds, baking powder and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat the almond extract and eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the butter. Whisk together until lump-free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 18-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. The cakes will freeze for up to 1 month.
  2. Roll out the marzipan on a surface dusted with a little icing sugar, to about the thickness of a £1 coin. Using a 6cm round biscuit cutter, stamp out 12 circles, re-rolling and stamping trimmings if necessary. Mix enough icing sugar into a cup of water to give a syrupy icing, then brush over backs of the marzipan circles and stick onto cakes.
  3. Knead a little yellow food colouring into one-quarter of the ready-roll icing, a little pink into another quarter and green into another quarter. Wrap up the green icing and set aside, then repeat step 2 using a 7cm cutter to stamp out 4 circles each from the pink, yellow and white icing, sticking again with syrup.
  4. Mix enough water into the 100g icing sugar to give a stiff-ish icing. Divide into three, leave one white, and colour the others pink and yellow – make these colours a little darker so the roses stand out. Transfer icing into small food bags, twist tops to seal and snip off just the tiniest tip of one corner on each bag. Pipe spirals on cakes, mixing up the colours. Pinch small bits of the green icing into leaves, marking the vein with a toothpick if you like. Add 1, 2 or 3 leaves to each spiral so it looks like a rose (you can use the syrupy icing to help them stick if you need). The cakes are best eaten within 2 days, and once decorated will keep for 1-2 days in airtight containers.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2011

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shinypurplestuff's picture
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These are really good - moist & tasty, and they look great with only a little effort on the decoration. I'll definitely make these again.

zakerno's picture

Deliciously moist cake. I added 25gms of poppy seeds to this recipe giving a little bit of crunch. I feel almond and poppyseed compliment each other too.

lonziplews's picture
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These cakes are amazing!
I just used a hand whisk. And I Put cream cheese icing instead. But tactual cakes are moist and light and delicious. Best cakes I've ever made. Fact.

annasimp's picture

These are so delicious. I made them as I had some left over chocolate ganache so I topped them with that instead of the marzipan. Amazing.

sammyv's picture
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The sponge is fantastic - light, moist and great flavour. The icing and marzipan layers are perhaps a bit too thick and made it all a little too sweet for me - will make thinner next time. The icing swirls were tricky and mine definitely were't as neat as the pic but will keep practicing. Gorgeously cute.

simpletreats's picture

I'd like to make this recipe. Could somebody please tell me what is 'natural yoghurt'? Is it plain yoghurt? Help please...

clur79's picture
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These are delicious, light, easy to make and they look amazing.

lynnbradhall's picture
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ABSOLUTELY YUMMY!!! I love marzipan. Look very professionsl and fun to make.