Spicy Christmas cupcakes

Get into the festive spirit with these delicious spicy Christmas cupcakes, a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden syrup. Start this recipe the day before to prep the Christmas icing decorations.
Spicy Christmas cupcakes


Christmas decorations
Fruit mince filling


1.To make Christmas decorations; on a surface dusted with sifted sugar, knead icing until smooth; roll out until 1cm thick. Cut out shapes using cutters. Insert a length of damp wire into each shape. Stand overnight on tray lined with baking paper to dry.
2.Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole (⅓-cup/80ml) muffin pan with paper cases.
3.Beat butter, egg, buttermilk, syrup, sugar and sifted dry ingredients in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until mixture is smooth and has changed to a paler colour. Divide mixture into paper cases; smooth surface.
4.Bake about 25 minutes. Stand cakes in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack.
5.Meanwhile, make fruit mince filling; warm fruit mince in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in sugar.
6.Cut a 2cm deep hole in the centre of each warm cake; discard cake rounds. Fill centres with fruit mince filling, push in decorations; dust with a little sifted icing sugar, if you like.

You will need to start this recipe the day before.


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