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Mince Pie Cupcakes
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Mince Pie Cupcakes

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  • Easy
  • Makes Cakes
Christmas cupcakes filled with mincemeat and topped with brandy butter - a new take on the traditional mince pie!


For the cakes:

  • 125g butter (softened)
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3tbsp semi skimmed milk

For the topping/filling:

  • 12 heaped tsp of mincemeat (approx 250g)
  • 125g butter (softened)
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp brandy


  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 180.
  • STEP 2
    Cream together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence until smooth and fluffy.
  • STEP 3
    Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • STEP 4
    In separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder, then add to the batter and mix well until incorporated. Add the milk to loosen the mixture, mixing to a soft, smooth consistency.
  • STEP 5
    Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases and divide the mixture evenly between them. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven door to check them for the first 20 - this stops them from collapsing!
  • STEP 6
    Remove from the oven, turn the cupcakes out of the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the icing.
  • STEP 7
    Cream the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and fluffy, then mix in the brandy. You may have to add a little more icing sugar or a tablespoon of flour if the icing becomes too runny. It should be firm enough to hold a peak if a spoon is dipped in and removed. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle and chill in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up a little.
  • STEP 8
    When the cakes have cooled, cut any domed tops off and use a peeler or apple corer to make a hole in the middle of each one, leaving at least 1/2 cm of sponge to the edge of the cake all round. Keep all the offcuts.
  • STEP 9
    Fill each cake with a heaped tsp of mincemeat and replace the offcuts of sponge back on top to seal it in. You may have to trim these a little, but it doens't matter if they stand slightly proud of the top of the cake.
  • STEP 10
    Finally, pipe the icing in a spiral on top of the cake, making sure the hole in the middle is completely covered. Start at the outside and spiral towards the middle, building up to a peak. Decorate with as much festive glitter, decorations and sweets as you like!

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