Recipe: Orange, Ginger and Brandy Cupcakes

Orange, Ginger and Brandy Cupcakes
Orange, Ginger and Brandy Cupcakes

Orange, ginger, nutmeg and  brandy – the flavours of christmas together in a light and fluffy cupcake smothered in rich icing. Orange, ginger and brandy are age-old friends. A festive blend of zest, spice and mellow fruity-oaky-ness.


For the cake:

170g caster sugar

170g salted butter (left out of fridge to soften)

3 eggs

170g self-raising flour

2 tsp orange essence

rind of 1 orange

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp grated nutmeg

crystallised ginger (chopped into small pieces)

2 tbsp brandy (I used cognac)

For the icing:

85g salted butter (left out of fridge to soften)

200g icing sugar

1tbsp brandy

1tsp orange essence

rind of 1 orange + extra for garnish

1 tsp ground ginger + extra for dusting


(preheat oven to 180*c and prepare a cupcake tray with cupcake cases)

for the cake:

– cream together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy

– beat in the eggs one at a time

– add the orange essence, ground ginger, nutmeg, rind, crystallised ginger and brandy

– sift in the flour and, with a metal spoon, gently fold into the mixture

– divide the mixture between the cupcake cases, filling them 3/4 full

– bake for 17-20 minutes, or until risen and cooked through (to check if they are cooking, insert a skewer/sharp knife into the centre of the cake – it will come out clean if the sponge is cooked)

– remove cakes from the tray and leave to cool

 for the icing:

– cream together the butter and icing sugar (add the sugar gradually to avoid covering yourself in a cloud of sugar!)

– add the brandy, orange essence, rind and ground ginger

– if the icing is too runny, add more icing sugar

– pipe the icing onto each cupcake, then garnish with more grated orange rind and dust with ground ginger

(makes 10 cupcakes)


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