Helloooo everyone! whats aaaaaap?
Hope you are all having a smashing day, I’m feeling a tad over excited /hyper as I type this, can you tell? potentially due to the amount of sugar I have ingested previous to starting this blog post…
I’m doing a baking post! I know I have previously said I want this blog to center around day out experiences and places to visit which I do! and I love doing that! However I am also having great fun in making these little posts and as I haven’t had many places to visit recently but I HAVE done some baking, I thought today I would ramble about that instead! haha! Plus who doesn’t like a good cupcake… I do hope you enjoy it and it was worth getting the flour stuck under my ‘J’ key as I have just noticed… DAMMIT!
So as it says in the title, the cupcakes I made were Mince Pie cupcakes! This is a lovely recipe for those of you who aren’t a big fan of mince pies, which if you aren’t, I don’t understand you… what is your christmas… weirdo.
JUST KIDDING I still love you and hey! more mince pies for me! mwah ha hah ha
So anyway as I was saying if you do fall under that category of not being a fan of the humble mince pie, I think this is a good alternative because it has all the lovely chistmassy ingredients of a mince pie, but without being too sickly sweet and treacley! The light sponge made with golden syrup and caster sugar also is a good alternative if it’s the pastry you don’t like! With ingredients including cinnamon, orange, mixed fruit and plenty of rum (a firm family favorite in our house), once this cake is in the oven the house will be filled with the scent of festive deliciousness!
I usually bake this cake in a loaf tin then dollop plain white water icing on top, letting it drizzle down the sides like icicles, then maybe sprinkle it with cherries and flaked almonds, but as I already had christmassy decoration bits and bobs already stashed away in the cupboard, I thought I would make this recipe in individual cases for a variety of festive themed cupcakes!
This makes a sticky almost pudding like cupcake, and if you do make this recipe as a loaf or pound style cake, I highly recommend cutting thick slices then warming it in the microwave before spreading with butter or slathering on hot custard! Perfect with a cup of tea or some christmas cocoa!
I went for three different decorations on these cupcakes; hundreds and thousands, in green, white and red, very christmassy!, Blue and white snowflakes with silver sugar balls, fit for Elsa! and some reaaalllyy pretty golden edible glitter. Always need some glitter in there!! Oh yeah and one of them has a big ol’ sugar santa on it because why the hell not! Also with the dollop of vanilla buttercream I think it looks like he’s standing in the snow! Does it get more christmassy?! haha! I found these decorations from a variety of places, I think I got the sprinkles on ebay, and the santa sugar decoration from Lakelands. Hobbbycraft also do lots of lovely decorations if you’re looking for some festive decorations!
- 200ml Water
- 50ml Dark rum (or tipple of your choice)
- 250g Golden caster sugar
- 250g Mixed dried fruit
- 1 tblsp Golden syrup
- 30g Butter
- 350g Self raising flour (optional – substitute 75g of flour for ground almonds)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- Zest of one orange
- Pinch of salt
Makes 12-14 cupcakes
- Pre-heat oven to gas mark 4/ 180C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
- In a large saucepan gently heat together the water, rum, sugar, dried fruit, golden syrup and butter until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes off the heat before stirring in the flour, spices, baking soda, ground almonds and orange rind. (You can also add a drop of almond extract at this stage also if you like more of an almond flavour).
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases filling them about halfway, this leaves enough room for the buttercream to sit neatly inside the top of the case also.
- Bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until they are a golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed.
- Allow to cool and then go buttercream, sprinkles and glitter mad with whatever decorations you choose!! I went for a standard vanilla buttercream mixture to accompany my sprinkles madness!
- Make a cup of tea, plonk down with your friends and family and a christmas movie (Elf is my personal favourite) and eat cupcakes to your heart’s content!
As always much love, please leave me a comment if you liked the post or tried the recipe and liked it! (I hope you do)! I hope you all have a very merry christmas full of joy, family and laughter! and good food!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!… Lottie x x x