Winter Spiced Cupcakes

I absolutely love festive baking and these were so fun to make and delightful to eat. The delicate spicing gives a hint of Christmas and will fill you with glee with just one bite.

Makes 12


125ml self raising flour

125ml butter

125ml caster sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon gingerbread syrup – I used Monin

2 eggs

For the icing

1 tub of vanilla frosting


85g butter (room temperature)

250g icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A few drops of ice cold water to mix

Packet of mini gingerbread men to decorate


Pre heat oven to 180C / 160C fan

Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases

Place the butter and caster sugar in your mixing bowl and cream together until smooth. Gradually add the eggs and fold in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and gingerbread syrup. Mix together until fully combined and a lovely dropping off the spoon consistency.

Lastly add your milk and mix together some more.

Divide between your cake cases and place in the centre of your oven for approximately 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye so you can take them out when they are a gorgeous golden colour. They will smell wonderful when cooking and fill the house with the scent of Christmas.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Once fully cooled pipe on your icing and decorate with your tiny gingerbread men.

Take a little bite while listening to Doris Day and feeling all 50’s housewife.