Category Archives: Cherry and Amaretto Cupcakes

DSC_0835

Cherry & Amaretto Cupcakes

I vowed to myself that I would have a week off baking cakes this week. Having said that, it is impossible to turn my mind off cakes and thinking up recipes. Yesterday evening I got the urge to try out this idea for a cherry and amaretti cupcake and as they only take minutes to knock up, I decided to break my promise and put my idea into practice. I have to say I’m pretty glad I did as they came out exactly as I’d hoped: a light and fluffy sponge with sweet cherries and almond essence topped with a rich icing, amaretti crunch and a sticky cherry on top!





Ingredients


90g golden caster sugar
90g unsalted butter, softened and diced
2 medium eggs
90g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
30g ground almonds
60g glacé cherries, ripped into pieces
1 tblsp amaretto

for the icing
250g icing sugar, sifted
80g unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp milk
4 tsp amaretto

optional garnish of crushed amaretti biscuits and glacé cherries.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to Fan 160°C and line a muffin tray with 6-8 large cupcake cases.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Add the sugar, diced butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat until smooth and even but don’t overmix.
  • Fold in the ground almonds, amaretto and cherries.
  • Spoon into the cupcake cases filling about two thirds of each case and bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Once they are well risen, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the icing, cream all the ingredients together until pale and fluffy before piping onto the cooled cupcakes.
  • Garnish with crushed amaretti biscuits and half a glacé cherry.
Makes 6-8 cupcakes, depending on the size of cases you use.