Xmas flavoured cupcake

The cake cupcake stall will be at Van Hages Farmers market in Ware, ImageHertfordshire tomorrow morning (Thurs 20th Dec).  You can try before you buy as there will be free samples of this cake and others.

This cupcake is delicious, I really wanted to create a cupcake that both tasted, looked and smelled of Xmas and I think this one does that.  Here is the recipe for you to try:

Xmas cupcake

400 g caster sugar

400 g butter

8 eggs

400 g self raising flour

2 tsp of cinnamon (or more if you want a stronger flavour)

1 cup of raisins

For the brandy buttercream

500 g butter

1 kg icing sugar

3 tbs brandy

Mix the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale.  Add the eggs one by one until fully combined.  Add the self raising flour (no need to sift if using a quality product) and mix on a slow speed until combined.  Fill cupcake cases 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes at 180 C/350 F/Gas 4 or until golden and the sponge springs back up.  Remove from the oven and leave to cool (5 minutes in the tray, then transfer to a wire rack).

For the butter cream, combine all the ingredients really well (top speed on a mixer for 5 minutes) until pale in colour.  Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and decorate.

A wonderful Xmas smell! Hope you enjoy these as much as we did.