Festive Baking | Mulled Wine Cupcakes

Thursday, December 21

When I was trying to think of a Christmas cupcake to make for my teams Christmas quiz at work the flavour that came to mind was mulled wine. So I decided to give these mulled wine cupcakes ago - there are a few recipes online but this is a combination of a few of them. 

They have a delicious jammy centre so if you can find a festive or even mulled wine jam that would be perfect. I found a 'Merry Berry Cherry Jam' in M&S that was perfect but if you can get anything then any jam would be fine. 

You will need:

For the candied orange:

200g of caster sugar                    450ml of water

1 large orange        

For the sponge:                      

175g of soft butter                        175g of soft light brown sugar

3 large eggs                                  175g of self-raising flour

1/4 teaspoon of baking powder   20g of cocoa powder 

75ml of red wine                          6 tablespoons of a festive jam       

For the sponge:                      

100g of soft butter                        400g of icing sugar

2 tablespoons of milk                   1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice


You'll have to start the candied oranges first because they take the longest. Slice the orange into 5mm rounds - I quartered mine because I was only making smallish cakes. 

Bring the water and sugar to boil in a pot then add the oranges. Simmer with the lid for 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every so often. When they are finished allow then to drain and dry out for 5 hours on a cooling rack. 

To make the cupcakes cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs and red wine then gently mix in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. 

All you need to do next is divide the mixture between cupcake cakes and bake in an oven at 160°C for 20-25 minutes. Once you insert a skewer and it comes out clean cool completely. 

I don't have any fancy tools so I used a knife to make a hole in each of the cakes so I could fill them with jam. 

Next make the buttercream by mixing together the butter, icing sugar, mixed spice and milk with a hand whisk. If its too stiff to pipe then add a little more milk. 

Finally pipe the buttercream into each cake (or if you don't have a piping bag then use a knife to spread it over). Finish the cupcakes by topping with a piece of candied orange. 

These went down really well with people at work so I'm sure they won't last long!

Also check out - Speculoos Reindeer Biscuits

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