Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

Next on my list to bake were Christmas Pudding Cupcakes - I've really missed making cupcakes whilst I've not been baking. This recipe was one I saw in the second Primrose Bakery book and I must say as soon as I saw it I was intrigued to know what the cakes would taste like.

I had an absolute disaster the first time I made them - the recipe stated it made 12 but infact it would have made double this and I ended up with overflowing cupcake cases and throwing the whole lot in the bin - something that I've never had to do before!

On my second attempt I halved the recipe and got 12 perfectly sized cupcakes. The Christmas pudding flavour of the cupcakes comes from a combination of mixing mincemeat into the cake mixture and then adding brandy to the butter cream. I got quite a taste for brandy whilst making these cupcakes and added nearly double the amount to the butter cream! They really did taste like Christmas! I sent Karl off to work with this batch as apparently the lads at his work seem to be craving cupcakes.


  1. They look so pretty, I love the christmassy snowflake decorations too. I encountered a similar problem with the second Primrose Bakery book. I halved the banoffee cupcake recipe as I didn't have enough bananas but discovered it made 12 full size cupcakes anyway! Maybe they use muffin cases instead?

  2. Ahh thank you :) Its odd really - I never had a problem with the first book - the recipes were so reliable but it doesnt seem quite the same with this second one. I always use muffin cases, rather than cupcake cases anyway but it seems strange you've had a similar problem. 24 cupcakes is quite alot really!

  3. brilliant idea!... they look so pretty too ... I never seem to make as much as the recipe says, so don't worry about it too much x

  4. These cupcakes look sooooo fantastic!! What a fabulous idea and the ultimate festive treat! Glad to hear they worked out in the end! We all have baking disasters but wow, these have turned out incredibly! The touch of the little snowflakes looks so sweet too :)

    What a lovely blog you have! As fellow bakers we can't wait for more form you :) New follower here!

    Enjoy your week!

    Chloe & Sarah