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George's cherrynutpan buns

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Serves 1 - 12 Muffins

Coconut, gooey marzipan and cherry buns with coconut buttercream icing and cherries to decorate with a jam surprise

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  • For the cherry, marzipan and coconut buns:
  • 100g Glace Cherries (chopped)
  • 200g Grated Marzipan
  • 150g Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g Butter (soft)
  • 110g Caster sugar
  • 100g Self raising flour (approximately)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • Jam layer:
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) Jam- strawberry, raspberry or blackberry is best, but other is fine
  • For the coconut buttercream icing (the amounts may vary depending on how much icing you want):
  • 150g (approximately) Butter- soft
  • 300g (approximately) Icing sugar- sieved
  • 100g (approximately) Coconut
  • Glace cherries for decoration (halved)


    1. Preheat the oven to 185C or 360F or gas mark 4.
    2. Cream the butter with the caster sugar. Then whisk the egg and add to the butter and sugar and beat together (don't worry if it curdles).
    3. Add the grated marzipan, chopped cherries and coconut and stir in.
    4. Fold in the flour and baking powder, then spoon the mixture into the bun cases and put in the oven as quickly as possible so they rise.
    5. Check them after about 12 minutes and when they are golden brown leave them in the oven but turn the oven off. After 5 minutes remove from the oven and put on a cooling rack.
    6. Once they are cooled use a small spoon or the end of a spoon to take out a little bit of cake from the centre of each bun, then fill the hole that you just made with jam and spread a layer over the surface of the bun.
    7. Next make the icing by creaming butter and icing sugar, the add the coconut- if the mixture is too runny add more icing sugar or coconut, if it's to stiff add some soft butter.
    8. Ether use a piping bag or put a blob of icing on top of each bun and use a warmed knife to swirl it or smooth.
    9. Place the cherry halves on the icing for the decoration.
    10. Eat and enjoy!

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27th Feb, 2013
Brilliant! I love the gooey jam center, i did it with raspberry jam and it worked very well. The coconut gives the icing a delicious flavour and really good texture- really worth a try!
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