Holiday Cupcakes

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Makes: 12 servings 

Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Sweet treats for your holiday.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Author: Tracy Rutherford        Image credit: Sue Ferris         Publication: Australian Good Taste

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