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LIFESTYLE:
Christmas Cupcakes with Brandy Butter Icing
by Gill Smith of www.gillyflowerjewellery.co.uk
These delicious cupcakes are perfect
Ingredients for the icing:
Holly leaf cutter
for the festive season. Make them with
.oz softened butter
Piping bag & large star nozzle
your kids in the run up to Christmas, or
2oz icing sugar
share them with your friends as a yule-
2 tbsp brandy
To make the cakes:
tide treat! • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark
Ingredients for the
 / 0C / 0C fan oven.
Ingredients for the cakes:
decorations:
• Line the muffin tin with the red
oz softened butter
200g marzipan
foil muffin cases.
oz caster sugar
Red and green food colouring
• Cream the butter and sugar in a
 large free range eggs mixing bowl, using the hand whisk.
oz fine milled self-raising flour
You will need:
• Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
 tbsp mincemeat
2 hole muffin tray
• Sieve in the flour and mix
oz dried cranberries
Red foil muffin cases
gently.
2oz chopped walnuts
Hand whisk
• Stir in the mincemeat and
Grated zest of  orange
Mixing bowl
cranberries.
Grated zest of  lemon
Wooden spoon
• Chop the walnuts and add to
/2 tsp cinnamon
Sieve
the mixture.
/ tsp ground mixed spice
Teaspoon
• Zest the orange and lemon and
 tbsp milk
Tablespoon
stir into the mixture.
 tbsp brandy
Zester
• Add the spices, milk and
Plastic chopping board
brandy and give the mixture a good
Knife
final stir.
Skewer
• Divide the mixture between
 | ukhandmade | Winter 2009
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