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Three cupcakes with white icing in gold paper cases

Christmas cake cupcakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

These beautiful and classy little fruitcakes make lovely gifts, and kids will enjoy decorating them too.

  • Freezable (Can be frozen un-iced)
Nutrition:
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal833
fat29g
saturates9g
carbs139g
sugars125g
fibre3g
protein9g
low insalt0.44g
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Ingredients

For the batter

For the icing

You will also need

Method

  • STEP 1

    Tip the sugar, butter, dried fruit, whole cherries, ginger, orange zest and juice into a large pan. Pour over the rum, brandy or juice, then put on the heat and slowly bring to the boil, stirring frequently to melt the butter. Reduce the heat and bubble gently, uncovered for 10 mins, stirring every now and again to make sure the mixture doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan. Set aside for 30 mins to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Stir the nuts, eggs and ground almonds into the fruit, then sift in the flour, baking powder and spices. Stir everything together gently but thoroughly. Your batter is ready.

  • STEP 3

    Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Scoop the cake mix into 12 deep muffin cases (an ice-cream scoop works well), then level tops with a spoon dipped in hot water. Bake for 35-45 mins until golden and just firm to touch. A skewer inserted should come out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

  • STEP 4

    Unravel the marzipan onto a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Stamp out 12 rounds, 6cm across. Brush the cake tops with apricot jam, top with a marzipan round and press down lightly.

  • STEP 5

    Make up the fondant icing to a spreading consistency, then swirl on top of each cupcake. Decorate with sugared almonds and snowflakes, then leave to set. Will keep in a tin for 3 weeks.

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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Rating: 5 out of 5.29 ratings
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