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Christmas Cupcakes

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Makes

12

Portions
.Suitable for freezing
. Preparation

10

minutes
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45

minutes cooking time
.160 C°, 325 F°, Gas Mark 3

Ingredients

  • 200g currants
  • 120g sultanas
  • 75g raisins
  • 75g chopped glace cherries

You can soak the fruit in brandy overnight of you'd like - about 2 tablespoons is enough.  Otherwise, just make the cake mixture, add the fruit and stir.

Cake Mix:

  • 180g plain flour
  • 120g soft brown sugar
  • 100ml cooking oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tblspn black treacle (optional)

Method

Make your usual rich fruit cake recipe but bake them in cupcake cases.  They won't take long to cook as they are so small. Once cooled the children can roll out marzipan and fondant icing to top them and the older more creative ones might enjoy making little models out of the fondant icing.

CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES 'Proper Christmas Cake' (Just miniature versions). This is a very simple recipe that children will find easy to make.

  1. Place all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix until they are all incorporated.  You can use a wooden spoon or a electric mixer.
  2. Once mixed thoroughly add all of the fruit and stir until it's fully coated.
  3. Place the cupcake cases in a tin and fill almost to the top.  This mix won't rise.
  4. Bake at 160 C until firm to the touch.  Approximately 45 minutes.
  5. Once cooled you can buy marzipan and fondant icing to roll and decorate. Ideally the marzipan should be 'stuck' to the cake with some warmed apricot jam but this isn't essential.
  6. The supermarkets all have lots of lovely things to decoarate with. Check the Home Baking aisle.

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