Mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow

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  • Serves: 12

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    (including icing time)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

These mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow are the perfect Christmas treat for your Christmas party - they make the most of the best bit of Christmas - the mince pies! These are really fun little cupcakes you can make with the kids, plus, you could even add some colourful sprinkles if you want to mix things up a bit and make them even more colourful. You can buy some lovely Christmas-themed cupcake cases too which will add some colour and fun to them!

Brushing a little melted jam over the tops of your cupcakes stops them drying out and helps the icing stick


For the cakes:
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2tbsp milk
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 75g mincemeat
For the icing and topping:
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 3tbsp clementine juice or water
  • 100g desiccated coconut, plus extra for 'snow'


  1. Set the oven to 190C/Gas 5.
  2. Place all the cupcake ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between 12 cases, and bake in the centre of the oven for 18-20 mins, or until the cakes have risen and are just firm to the touch in the centre.
  4. Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool before decorating.
  5. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the clementine juice or water, 1tbsp at a time and mix together until it makes a thick paste.
  6. Fold in the desiccated coconut. When the cakes are cool, spread the mixture thickly over the top.
  7. Shake a thick layer of coconut over the top, spinkle with gold balls or other Christmassy decorations and serve.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Cathy Anne

I just made these, they are a lovely change from mince pies and very easy. The little bites of fruit here and there from the mince meat are super!


just made these, all the family loved them! will be making these again for a xmas party on sunday and every year from now on. BIG hit!

Charlotte Gunn

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Roseleanor Ward

Have made these for a second time now, but I made the icing with 1tbsp rum and 2 tbsp water. Very moreish!


Just made these yummy little treats for the second time. They turned out well both times although i did prefer my first batch when i used lemon juice instead of clementine juice, a taste sensation.

Laraine Parmenter

Cup cake was lovely, not too keen on the topping.


Just tried this recipe,very easy and yummy. Tweeked it slightly by putting melted white chocolate on top sprinkled with icing sugar because the folks I am making them for do not like coconut; still look snowy and taste delightful!


i have just made these cupcakes and they are fantastic, i didn't have any clementines so i improvised with orange extract. very very good!!!!


that looks so yummy! :D

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