Simnel cupcakes - recipe

Simnel cupcakes

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  1. 1

    Heat the oven to 180°C, (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Line a cup cake tin with 12 paper cupcake cases.

  2. 2

    Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
  3. 3

    Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) medium, beaten
  4. 4

    Stir in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, treacle and raisins and stir well until evenly mixed.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • ½tsp Baking powder
    • 1tsp Mixed spice
    • 1 tbsp Black treacle
    • 100g Raisins
  5. 5

    Place a heaped dessertspoon in each cupcake case and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

  6. 6

    Brush the top of the cakes with a little jam. Roll out the marzipan thinly and using a fluted biscuit cutter cut out 12 small circles of marzipan. Place on top of the cakes and press chocolate eggs or sugar paste chicks on top.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 1 tbsp Apricot jam warmed and sieved
    • 150g Marzipan
    • 150g White sugar paste icing
    • Mini chocolate eggs

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