Spicy Christmas cupcakes

Get into the festive spirit with these delicious spicy Christmas cupcakes, a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden syrup. Start this recipe the day before to prep the Christmas icing decorations.

  • 35 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Makes 12
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Spicy Christmas cupcakes
  • 90 gram butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup or treacle
  • 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Christmas decorations
  • 1/2 cup (80g) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 125 gram ready-made white icing
  • 12 x 5cm lengths of covered 24 gauge wire
Fruit mince filling
  • 1/2 cup (125g) fruit mince
  • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioners’) sugar


Spicy Christmas cupcakes
  • 1
    To make Christmas decorations; on a surface dusted with sifted sugar, knead icing until smooth; roll out until 1cm thick. Cut out shapes using cutters. Insert a length of damp wire into each shape. Stand overnight on tray lined with baking paper to dry.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole (⅓-cup/80ml) muffin pan with paper cases.
  • 3
    Beat butter, egg, buttermilk, syrup, sugar and sifted dry ingredients in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until mixture is smooth and has changed to a paler colour. Divide mixture into paper cases; smooth surface.
  • 4
    Bake about 25 minutes. Stand cakes in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make fruit mince filling; warm fruit mince in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in sugar.
  • 6
    Cut a 2cm deep hole in the centre of each warm cake; discard cake rounds. Fill centres with fruit mince filling, push in decorations; dust with a little sifted icing sugar, if you like.


You will need to start this recipe the day before.