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I love stollen, so this recipe using the stollen flavours in a cupcake sounded really yummy. I knew I wouldn’t have time to decorate cupcakes this year so these are perfect. Click <!–morehere to try this Christmassy cupcake recipe.–>

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I found the recipe on the Lakeland website and decided to make mini cupcakes rather than big ones as they are perfect size to add to the box of goodies for Emily’s nursery staff. The recipe can be found here and is also below.

For the cupcakes

• 185g self-raising flour

• ½ tsp baking powder

• 40g ground almonds

• 1 tsp mixed spice

• 125g butter, at room temperature

• 110g light brown sugar

• 3 eggs, beaten

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 60g mixed peel

• 60g pistachios, chopped

• 30g cranberries

• 30g raisins

• 1 tbsp amaretto

• 85g marzipan

• Icing sugar, for dusting

• 30g flaked almonds

Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Line the bun tin with cupcake cases.

Sift the flour into a medium bowl. Stir in the baking powder, ground almonds and mixed spice, and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, then the flour mixture. Stir in the mixed peel, pistachios, cranberries, raisins and amaretto, and mix until well combined.

Roll out the marzipan on a work surface very lightly dusted with icing sugar until it is about 2mm thick. Cut out 12 discs using a 5cm Dia. cutter.

Divide the cake mixture into two even parts. Split one part between the cupcake cases, filling each about one-third full, then top with a marzipan disc. Add the remaining cake mixture on top of the discs, filling each case to two-thirds full. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until well risen. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

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We’ve had a really busy couple of months with various wedding cakes and visiting friends and family, so I made the most of a quiet 20 mins earlier while Emily was watching Stickman to write about the cupcakes I made for everyone when we visited friends this weekend. The wedding cake I made a couple of weeks ago had 2 tiers of coffee cake in and I tried a Hummingbird recipe that sounded like it would give an amazing coffee hit. The cake was so good that I decided to make some coffee cupcakes for this weekend too. Click here to take a look at the Hummingbird Bakery’s espresso cupcake recipe.

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It’s been a while since I made some cupcakes, especially ones that were an usual flavour and not just vanilla/chocolate with decorations on. So when I decided to go down to London for the afternoon to meet my best friend’s baby, I offered to make some cupcakes to take. I’ve already got a lot of rhubarb (I’ve made rhubarb and raspberry Frangipane tart, rhubarb crumble muffins, and I still have about 750g left!) so I decided to bake something with rhubarb. Click here to see how to make them.

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It’s been way too long since we last blogged about anything so I thought as I haven’t done much baking this year yet, I would find something fun that I made last year. I had totally forgotten about these cool aeroplane cupcakes that I made as a present for Emily’s key worker at nursery last year as she was leaving to go travelling to Australia. Click  here to see how to make them.

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Hopefully this will be the first of many Christmas baking blogs this year and as usual there are so many scrummy looking recipes to try out it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. As it’s the last Met League before Christmas I couldn’t resist making some red and gold Christmas cupcakes for the Serpie runners. We haven’t been to any xc races yet this season as we now live quite far away and Rich injured his knee recently which has meant he can’t run at the moment. But after 4 years of not being able to run because of a back injury, I am now able to run 6km so I am very excited to be able to take part! Click  here to try out our first Christmas recipe.

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P1240059.JPGI’m always looking for quick simple ideas for decorating cupcakes, time is limited with a 14 month old to look after! I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they looked pretty easy. Click  here to find out how to make these pretty chocolate Christmas trees.

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A couple of weeks ago I made some cakes to take down to the Leeds office when I went for the day. Given it was December I decided that I should make something Christmassy. I hadn’t been food shopping so I was limited with what flavour I could make so just went with vanilla. The decoration was an easy choice – I made these cakes last year and really wanted to put them on the blog but never got round to taking photos. Click here to keep reading.

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