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Christmas cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 1

Cook Time : 30

Total Time : 31

Ingredients

Serves

  • 125g butter

  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind

  • 2 eggs

  • 500g dried mixed fruit

  • 60g (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts

  • 80ml (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice

  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour, sifted

  • 75g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour, sifted

  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

  • 250g Orchard White Icing

  • 10 drops green food colouring

  • 36 red Nestle Smarties or Mars M&M'S

Directions

  • 01

    Preheat oven to 170°C. Line twelve 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with cases. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and orange rind in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • 02

    Stir in the dried fruit, walnuts and orange juice. Stir in the combined flour and mixed spice. Spoon into the lined pans and smooth the surfaces.

  • 03

    Bake for 30 minutes or until cupcakes are firm to touch. Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 04

    Knead the icing following packet directions. Roll out on a sheet of non-stick baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a round 7cm pastry cutter to cut 12 discs from icing. Place on the cupcakes.

  • 05

    Bring leftover icing together. Flatten slightly. Wearing gloves to avoid staining your hands, add food colouring and knead until well combined. Roll out on a sheet of non-stick baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a pastry cutter or a small sharp knife to cut 24 small diamond shapes from the icing. Arrange on cupcakes to make leaves. Roll remaining icing into small balls and use to attach Smarties or M&M'S to the cupcakes to make berries.

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