Christmas cupcakes

Delightful Christmas cupcakes, perfect for a festive buffet. Why not let the children help in decorating these cupcakes ready for your festive feast?

Cakes and bakes
Children baking christmas cupcakes
  • Preparation time 30 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 8


  • Unsalted butter – at room temperature 80g
  • Soft brown sugar – at room temperature 80g
  • Self-raising flour – at room temperature 80g
  • Large eggs – at room temperature and beaten 2
  • Glace cherries – halved 80g
  • Brandy 25ml
  • Sultanas 40g
  • Dried figs – chopped 50g
  • Grated zest of an orange


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/G4.
  2. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
  4. Beat in the eggs a little at a time.
  5. Fold in the zest and flour, followed by the remaining ingredients.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 15 minutes, until golden and risen.
  7. Remove the cakes from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Decorate with white water icing and edible silver and gold balls. Alternatively with Christmas motifs made out of coloured ready-to-roll icing.