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Winter Spiced Cupcakes

By barlowethan2003 (GoodFood Community)
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  • Makes 12 cupcakes
These cupcakes are an exciting change from mince pies to enjoy over Christmas. They are ideal to share with freinds and family.
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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 6g mixed spice
  • 190g mixed fruit (sulatanas, candied mixed peel, currants and rasins)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 medium orange
  • 12 cupcake cases

For the icing

  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 6g mixed spice
  • 190g mixed fruit (sulatanas, candied mixed peel, currants and rasins)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 medium orange
  • 12 cupcake cases
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 35ml water, brandy or lemon juice
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • Silver balls (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1
    Place a case into a cupcake or bun tin.
  • STEP 2
    Soften 150g until it is soft and squidgy.
  • STEP 3
    Using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, beat the softened butter and the dark brown sugar together in a mixing bowl.
  • STEP 4
    Fold in the self-raising flour and mixed spices until it is evenly combined.
  • STEP 5
    Beat in the eggs, zest and juice of an orange. Stir in the mixed fruit with the mixture.
  • STEP 6
    Divide the cupcake mixture between the paper cases and bake in the centre of a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until risen and golden brown.
  • STEP 7
    Leave the cupcakes to cool on the tin for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  • STEP 8
    Soften the remaining 100g of butter until it is soft and squidgy in a large bowl.
  • STEP 9
    Gradually beat in the the icing sugar. When mixed and smooth add in the water, brandy or lemon juice and beat again until light and creamy.
  • STEP 10
    Using a round bladed knife or a pallet knife spread the icing on top of the cupcakes so they are all even.
  • STEP 11
    Serve as they are or decorate with silver balls (optional) or a decoration of your choice.
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