These decorative cupcakes make the perfect centrepiece for a wedding or christening, or a lovely gift
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Make it a cake
If you want a cake to cut, make a batch of batter and bake in a lined, deep 20cm round cake tin at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 40-45 mins. Serve on a pretty cake plate, topped with frosting and roses. The roses can be made up to a month ahead and coloured to match the wedding theme. Keep in a cool place away from moisture and light.
Allergic to nuts?
If you would rather not cook with nuts, swap the ground almonds for 100g more plain flour. The end result will still taste great, but won’t keep or freeze quite as well.
'Having been the one 'doing the cake' many times, I know that making a sponge and having to ice it in the two days before a wedding only adds to the pressure! Once frosted, these cakes will keep happily in a cool place for up to 48 hours, and they freeze perfectly. As long as they're eaten within three days of baking or defrosting, you'll be fine.'