Christmas Cupcakes

I love mince pies at Christmas time so make no mistake about that, I do appreciate that not everyone shares the same mince pie appreciation as I do and it’s because of this that I decided to make these Christmas cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcakes

I wasn’t trying to disguise the fact that these cupcakes contain a little mincemeat I was merely trying to convert those who just don’t like the combination of pastry and mincemeat and offer them a cupcake alternative. I’ve seen a lot of recipes where mincemeat was combined with the cake mixture and turned into a mincemeat flavoured cupcake and that’s great but these Christmas cupcakes are a bit more special than that.

Glitter christmas cupcake

For me the cupcakes are Christmas in a case, the sponge is like delicious gingerbread which is then filled with a dollop of mincemeat and topped with a icing star sprinkled with edible glitter, you don’t get more festive than that do you!

Now I do get that there will be some people out there who just can’t stomach the thought of mincemeat but fear not you can just adapt the recipe to suit your tastes and maybe use some fruit compote or jam in replacement but do give the cupcakes a try and you may be surprised.

This recipe will make 12 artisan cupcakes (muffin cases) or 20 cupcakes (fairy cake cases)

To make the cupcakes you will need:
115g softened unsalted butter
100g dark brown sugar
1 egg
120ml whole milk
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
167g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Ready to roll icing cut into star shapes
edible glitter

1.Preheat oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tin with cake liners.
2.In a food mixer beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Beat in the egg a little at a time until combined, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the milk, syrup, and vanilla extract.
3.slowly pour in the dry ingredients until combined scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
4.Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full and Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5.Allow to cool completely and scoop a piece of cake from the top centre using a teaspoon. Fill the hole with mincemeat and top with an icing star painted with edible glitter.

The cupcakes are delicious as they are but you can serve them as a dessert with cream or custard once they start to get a little stale.

Christmas cupcakes

17 Responses to Christmas Cupcakes

  1. They are some very pretty cupcakes. I can’t wait to start my Christmas baking at the weekend 🙂

  2. These cupcakes look gorgeous I like the icing and the decadence of the sweet treat. Great to have on the go.

  3. They look lovely! super flavours and not too much sweet sticky icing which is always good.

  4. StressedMum says:

    I am one of those people who do not like mince pies. These cupcakes do look and sounds lovely though, I might be swayed into adding them to my baking list x

  5. What a great recipe, my mouth is watering!!!

  6. Catstello says:

    Oh these are adorable! I’ve got some time off next week and I can’t wait to get baking 🙂

  7. I love the idea of these cupcakes. Unfortunately try as I might I just hate mincemeat. I scrape it out of mince pies. So these cupcakes with an alternative filling would be perfect so I don’t miss out on one of the biggest xmas treats x

  8. These look lovely and fab as an alternative for people who don’t like mince pies (who are these people though – haha). 20 fairy cakes is a good amount too.

  9. These cupcakes look so good. Making me hungry, the icing on the cake looks heavenly.

  10. Rachel says:

    OOh I need cake right now and these look amazing, anything with sticky icing gets my vote x

  11. Zoe IKIWN says:

    What a lovely alternative to mince pies, these look gorgeous! x

  12. Charlotte says:

    I used to hate mincemeat when I was younger but it has grown on me. x

  13. These look amazing, I must admit I am not a fan of mince pies, but I would be willing to try these! Who knows I might prefer mincemeat like this. I know my husband would love these though. They look so pretty and Christmassy with the stars on =)

  14. these look really lovely. would love to try one out

  15. These look lovely! I need to make some Christmas cupcakes with Jack x

  16. Ali says:

    These look great, I’d prob put chocolate sauce in the middle! Yum yum!

  17. Now these look bloody delicious!!
    I am totally making these for Christmas – You little superstar.
    Thank you hun
    Charlotte x

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