Little rose & almond cupcakes

Little rose & almond cupcakes

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 15 mins Cook: 22 mins


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

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal488
  • fat22g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs72g
  • sugars63g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almond
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 175g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 3 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g melted butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

To decorate

  • 100g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting and sticking syrup
  • 350g ready-roll icing
  • 175g marzipan
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • green, yellow and pink food colourings


  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.

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6th Oct, 2014
These are really good - moist & tasty, and they look great with only a little effort on the decoration. I'll definitely make these again.
nathaliesweet's picture
27th Jan, 2014
I love them. Cakes are so good. I've made them for a party są they are a little bit more decorated. You can see them there:
zakerno's picture
28th Nov, 2013
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.
6th Oct, 2012
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.
11th May, 2012
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.
5th Feb, 2012
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.
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19th Nov, 2011
I'd like to make this recipe. Could somebody please tell me what is 'natural yoghurt'? Is it plain yoghurt? Help please...
30th Jun, 2011
These are delicious, light, easy to make and they look amazing.
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3rd Jun, 2011
ABSOLUTELY YUMMY!!! I love marzipan. Look very professionsl and fun to make.
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