Thursday, 4 December 2008

Little Mince Pie Cupcakes

Yippee, December has finally arrived and with that all the wonderful baking, cooking and entertaining. I love Christmas, it’s my favourite holiday! Today I am presenting you with Little Mince Pie Cupcakes (cupcakes with a mincemeat centre); it is a treasure of a recipe and one I have been baking every Christmas. My hubby always puts a request in, he just adores them and they fly out of the cake tin at record speed. They are light and very morish and they make a lovely alternative to traditional mince pies. You could serve them warm with brandy cream.

I made my mincemeat back in October, so it has been maturing since then and tastes and smells so Christmassy. I used my home-made mincemeat in my cupcakes but you could also use a jar of good quality shop bought mincemeat.

Little Mince Pie Cupcakes

175g / 6oz self raising Flour
100g / 4os light muscovado sugar or light brown sugar
1tsp mixed Spice
175g / 6oz softened butter
3 eggs
2tbsp milk
140g /5oz mincemeat
Icing sugar to dust

Heat over to 190oC /fan 170C / Gas 5 . line 12 bun cake tin with cake cases. Put flour sugar butter spice eggs and milk in a bowl and mix with electric mixer or wooden spoon for 2-3 mins until light and fluffy. Put a spoonful of cake mix in each cake case then a rounded tsp of mincemeat. Cover the mincemeat with a spoonful of cake mix and smooth. Bake for 15-18 mins until golden brown and firm. Dust with Icing sugar and serve.


Anne said...

They sound so good could eat one right now!


Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

These are bookmarked!

Sweet Treats by Dani said...

they look great!

Rosie said...

I have to agree it's also my favourite time of the year for all the festive bakes and treats to make.

I can vouch that these little mince pie cupcakes are GOOD after you kindly passed on the recipe to me :)

Rosie x

Nickki said...

Hi Maria, these look so good!! I would never have thought of using mincemeat in cupcakes, what a lovely idea :)

Finla said...

I too love this time, it is so exciting looking forward to the chirstmas time especially baking.
Next year I am going to make home made mincemeat as we don't get here in the shops. Years and years ago when M&S was in brussels i used to buy from there.
So will just have to remember to make mincemeat next year earlier for december baking.

Nic said...

It's not fair that you should hog all these for yourself, come on, send some over!

Bea Roque said...

me ha encantado tu idea !!!! Tengo un bote de mincemeat, y no sabía que hacer con él!!!! Me has dejado con la boca abierta. Felicidadaes, tienen que estar riquísimos!!!. Besos. B

Sally said...

I shall make these. Thank you Goddess. MWA.

JillyB said...

Maria, these look so good. I can feel a baking session coming on!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Definitely a "make soon" for me. They look delightful.

Kelly-Jane said...

I have been meaning to make mincemat muffins for a few years now, might try yours instead, they look lovely :)

MrsB said...

oh my these look adorable and what a great idea to make your own mincemeat - your so organised.

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

What a good idea - I usually have mincemeat leftover in February and make a mincemeat sponge, I think these would be much nicer though.
In fact I think I'll make them before Christmas.

Maria♥ said...

Thanks for all the great comments.

I would love to hear feedback from those of you who make them, I am sure they will be a big hit!


Maggie said...

What a wonderful recipe and as you say a change from mince pies. They look delicious.

Anonymous said...

I made these after drooling over your recipe - they are amazing !! Really light and moist, they were all gone in an hour !!

Congratulations on a lovely blog - your archives have kept me really busy.

Clare x

Anonymous said...

I just baked them, they are really nice and light.Thank you!