Mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 5 min
Cooking: 30 min
(including icing time)

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!


  • 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'


  • Set the oven to 190°C/Gas 5.

  • Place all the cupcake ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth.

  • 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.

  • Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool before decorating.

  • 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.

  • Fold in the desiccated coconut. When the cakes are cool, spread the mixture thickly over the top.

  • Shake a thick layer of coconut over the top, spinkle with gold balls or other Christmassy decorations and serve.

Top tip for making Mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow

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

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