Want to give cupcakes as Christmas food gifts? Try this new craze for cupcakes in a jar. Once cooked, cut and layer your cake in individual jars for cute festive treats. This is a really fun way to try something new and change up your usual go-to cupcake recipe. These Christmas cupcakes will look really lovely with some ribbon around the jars to make them look extra special. They're really different because you'll need a spoon to eat them, and they'll even make a nice dinner party dessert if you want to really wow your guests.
- For the cupcake:
- 300g plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 175g butter
- 150g light soft brown sugar
- Finely grated rind of 1 orange
- 2 eggs
- 150ml soured cream
- 150ml mulled wine, room temperature
- For the Irish whiskey and chestnut frosting:
- 200g butter
- 100g chestnut puree
- 450g golden icing sugar
- 2-3 tbsp Irish whiskey
- You will also need:
- 8-10 small jars with lids
- Round plain pastry cutter
To make this cupcake recipe, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease and base line a shallow rectangular baking tin approximately 35 cm x 25cm. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon together into a bowl.
Using an electric whisk beat the butter, sugar and orange rind together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and soured cream. Once completed fold in the flour mixture and mulled wine gradually.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, beat the butter and chestnut puree together in a bowl using an electric whisk. Gradually beat in the sugar then the whiskey.
Using a plain pastry cutter, slightly smaller than the top of the jars, cut out circles from the cooled cake. Carefully fit a layer of cake in the base of each jar. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle with the frosting and pipe a layer over the cake. Top with another circle of cake, pushing down to fit snugly. Pipe a rosette of frosting on top of each cake and secure the lid to the jar.
Top tip for making Christmas cupcakes in a jar
Tie each with a ribbon before serving to give the jars that extra festive feel.