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Mince Pie Cupcakes with Brandy Buttercream


I’ve been thinking of creating a mince-pie cupcake for a while and I’ve seen a few recipes out there.  So, with a bit of research and bit of adjustment and fair amount of testing (obviously), here’s my recipe for a bit of seasonal indulgence…

You will need

200g each of softened butter, caster sugar and self raising flour

25g custard powder

heaped teaspoon of ground mixed spice

4 eggs

225g (ish – it’s about half a small jar) of mincemeat

Muffin tin lined with muffin/deep cupcake cases.  This should make about 18 big cakes or 24 smaller ones.  Or just use silicon cases if these are for your personal consumption at home!

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Pre-heat your oven to about 170C, (I think that’s about gas mark 4), 150C fan oven.

Weigh out all your ingredients and put them into a big bowl, all together.  Add the eggs and mincemeat last.

Using your trusty hand-mixer mix all together until a smooth batter (ignoring the fact there’s the mincemeat bits in there!).


Dollop about an ice-cream scoop of mixture into each cake case – they need to be about 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 10mins and then, with ninja like skills, open the oven door, turn the baking trays around and shut the door as quickly as possible.  This means that your cakes will cook/brown evenly.  Cook for another 10 minutes until the cakes are golden and spring back when you press the top gently with your finger.

Allow to cool – otherwise you will burn yourself.  They’re quite nice eaten whilst still a little warm (with custard or ice-cream!).

For the brandy buttercream you need:

150g very soft butter

300g icing sugar

1 tablespoon of brandy (or a bit more if you want a stronger flavour) mixed with about the same of hot water

Beat all these ingredients together to make a smooth butter icing and then pipe/swirl or smooth the icing onto each of the cakes.  I tried a variety of decorations, concluding that a very little sprinkle of edible gold glitter looks best!

I’ve added this post to the BritMums Blog Hop for the Holidays.  Click here to find more seasonal blog posts.

Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

27 thoughts on “Mince Pie Cupcakes with Brandy Buttercream

  1. wow, this is inspired Jenny! Am surprised by how straightforward the recipe seems. They’re def going on my next to-do list!

  2. Ooooooh yummmm!! These sound great well done you!! I would happily try one for you right now washed down with a cup of tea!! X

  3. Yum! Might have to try these…thanks for the recipe will let you know how they go if I do!

  4. Cor yum. Was looking for something to take to a Xmas soirée so will give these a whirl!

  5. It’s just gone midnight – I can’t sleep and now I’m salivating like a hound and craving Mince Pie cupcakes! Jenny, I’m holding you responsible! I don’t even know if I can get mincemeat in Canada, they’ll probably point me in the direction of the ground beef!!!

  6. OOOH…. *Bookmarks Page* Need to invest in muffin metal, cake tin, type thing first! OR you could send by post and I will happily review……

  7. Those look fantastic! What a great idea! I am going to give those a try!

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  9. Mmmm these sound yummy. Gonna have to have a go at making some!

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  11. almost seems as if something is missing from the list of ingredients, not much more than butter and eggs, strange one but obviously works. came and looked cos I just love anything made with sweet mince.

  12. I am quite literally dribbling away here !

  13. OH MY WORD! I need these in my life! MMmmmmmm

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  15. What can I say but YUM, they will look good at a christmas tea buffet, a bit different and sound tasty 🙂

  16. This looks like something fun and easy I can do with the kids rather than faffing about making mince pies! Thanks a lot for this

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