The Crazy Kitchen: Christmas Pudding Cupcakes with Rum Butter Frosting

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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes with Rum Butter Frosting

I've been sent a lovely bag full of Whitworths sugars to take part in their Baking Challenge. The new range of sugars consists of six high quality baking sugars - fine caster, superfine icing, fine demerara, crunchy demerara, light soft brown and dark soft brown sugar, all in sturdy re-sealable packs. There is also a Twist & Sprinkle icing sugar duster with built in sieve for adding the final touch.

The first part of my challenge is to bake a recipe of my own using sugar - considering most of my recipes are cakes and desserts I had quite a selection to choose from. I've decided to adapt a cupcake recipe that I recently used and make it a little more festive, what with that 'C' word just around the corner! It's a very moist cake, very much like a carrot cake....and full of juicy plump dried fruit.


Christmas Pudding Cupcakes with Rum Butter Frosting

1 large cooking apple, grated (approx 200g of grated apple)
3 tbsp Dark Rum
150g Whitworths dark soft brown sugar
150ml Sunflower oil
3 Eggs
grated zest of 1 orange
grated zest of 1 lemon
50g Dried cherries
50g Sultanas
50g Raisins
150g Self Raising Flour
50g Ground Almonds
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Mixed spice
1 tsp Cinnamon

130g Butter, softened
220g Whitworths superfine icing Sugar
3 tbsp Dark Rum
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
pinch of mixed spice

  • Preheat the oven to 180ยบ C
  • Line a 12 hole muffin pan with muffin cases
  • Mix the apple, rum, dark brown sugar, oil, eggs, zests, cherries, sultanas and raisins together until well combined.
  • Mix the flour, almonds, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and cinnamon together and stir into the wet ingredients, mix well.
  • Spoon into the muffin cases
  • Bake for approx 20 minutes, until spongy to touch
  • Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool
  • Beat the butter, half the icing sugar, rum, cinnamon, vanilla and mixed spice together until pale, smooth and creamy
  • Add the rest of the icing sugar and beat again until smooth
  • Pipe onto the cupcakes and finish off with a sprinkling of cinnamon

I'm working with Whitworths Sugar, whose site includes ideas and recipes for baking with sugar. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the #bakingSOS hashtag and @WhitworthsSugar

1 comment:

  1. Christmas is just around the corner and I love this recipe (particularly all that fruit and the rum!)
    Put me in mind a little of my late mother's "Christmas cake buns".
    Love this post, the before and after type pictures and how you really get across the wonderful Whitworths.
    Commenting as me and on behalf of BritMums


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