Fruit cupcakes

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Cakes decorate bakeries around Christmas like trinkets on a Christmas tree and one cannot help but wonder what intricacies go into making these goodies. If you have eyed those little cupcakes wishing to bake them at home, here is your recipe.

This recipe brings together two ingredients that spell Christmas – rum and fruits! Most have heard of rum fruit cakes but cupcakes will stand out on your serving table. The preparation uses dry fruits soaked in rum or whiskey for a month or two in a jar. The intoxication smell of these soaked fruits will take over your kitchen when you open that jar before baking. As our chef puts it, 'nothing smells more like Christmas' than this! Don't worry if you did not prepare months ago as dry fruits soaked overnight will also do the trick.

The preparation is so simple that you may even involve your kids in the baking and turn it into a quality family time. If you want to go fancy, try icing the cupcakes with a flavour of your pick and feel like a professional baker. Though no lack of icing can take away the Christmas-y flavour from these fruity cupcakes.

Ingredients

120 gms maida
100 gms sugar powder
85 gms butter
2 eggs
100 gms dry fruits soaked in rum
½ tsp baking powder
A few drops of vanilla essence

Preparation

Sieve maida and baking powder
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add the beaten eggs a little at a time along with the dry fruits and vanilla essence
Fold in the maida and pour into cupcake liners
Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes.

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