Christmas Mince & Spice Cupcakes

Spice Cup Cake
22nd December 2015

Ingredients (Makes 12 Cupcakes)

200g Caster Sugar
200g Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
200g Self Raising Flour
3 Large Eggs
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Orange Flavouring
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
50g Mincemeat
2 tbsp Milk

100g Mincemeat
200g Unsalted Butter
400g Icing Sugar plus extra for dusting
6 Slices of Glacé Orange halved

12 Cookies (Made from Cupcake Sponge)
½ tsp Orange Flavouring


12 Cupcake baking tray

Piping Bag
Star Nozzle
5 pence Size Cookie Cutter

Instructions: Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes- Preheat oven to 180 C. Line the tin with 12 cupcake cases- We chose green cases for that Christmassy festive feeling!
  • Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add the eggs one by one and mix on a low speed.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and sieve into the butter and sugar mix, small amounts at a time.
  • Add the orange flavouring and milk and stir thoroughly.
  • Lastly add in the mincemeat and stir until even incorporated.
  • Set aside 4-5 tablespoons of cupcake mixture to use for the cookie decorations.  Spread the mixture onto greaseproof paper approx 20-25 mm high. Bake at 170C for 7-8 minutes until golden.
  • Spoon the remainder of the mixture into the cupcakes cases and bake for 20-25 min until golden.
    Transfer to wire rack to cool completely before decorating.


  • To make the buttercream, beat the butter and icing sugar together until combined and fluffy. Add the orange flavouring gradually. If too thick add a dash of cooled boiled water until soft and pipeable in texture.
  • Soon the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle.
  • Place 1 tsp of mincemeat on top of each cupcake.
  • Pipe the buttercream in a circular pattern, hiding the mincemeat.
  • Cut the orange slices in half and place one slice on the side of each cupcake.
  • Sprinkle the baked leftover cupcake mix with icing sugar and cut out little circular cookies for decoration.
  • Place one cookie on each cupcake by the side of the orange slice.
  • Serve and enjoy!