Mini spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Cupcakes are loved by kids and adults alike, and Alyn Williams' recipe has a delicious mix of spices that will appeal to everyone. With mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, five-spice and citrus zest, these little cakes really do pack a punch! The creamy frosting is the perfect accompaniment and they can be decorated as simply or extravagantly as desired.

First published in 2015




Mini spiced cupcakes

Cream cheese frosting

  • 50g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g of icing sugar, sifted
  • 175g of low fat cream cheese


  • Electric hand whisk
  • Piping bag and nozzle
  • Mini cupcake wrappers
  • 24 mould mini muffin tin


Sift the flours and spices together through a fine sieve into a large mixing bowl
Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk or wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, orange zest and lime zest
Lightly whisk the eggs and gradually mix into the butter until fully incorporated
Using a spatula, fold in the flour and spices until fully incorporated. A little at a time, beat in the milk. Do not overwork the mix or the cakes will be stodgy
  • 90ml of milk
Line the holes of a 24 mould mini muffin tin with cupcake wrappers. Using a piping bag and plain nozzle, pipe the mix into the cupcake wrappers to 2/3 of the way up
Store the tin in the fridge for 20 minutes before cooking
Preheat the oven to 170˚C/gas mark 4
Place on a baking tray in the middle of the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until risen and golden brown
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
For the frosting, use a wooden spoon or electric whisk to beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, beat the cream cheese into the mix
Transfer to a piping bag with a plain nozzle - or a star nozzle if you have one. Place in the fridge to firm up slightly for 15-20 minutes
Decorate the cupcakes with the frosting and serve
First published in 2015

Alyn Williams has worked at some of the very best kitchens in Britain, training for many years under Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay. His plates display his own unique culinary personality – brilliantly accomplished, playful and with remarkable interplay of flavours.

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