Christmas cupcakes in a jar recipe

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makes: 8 - 10
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 25 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 666 kCal 33%
Fat 30.6g 44%
  -  Saturates 9.2g 46%
Carbohydrates 86.5g 33%
  -  of which Sugars 63.8g 71%
Protein 5.2g 10%
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  • It takes just 20 minutes prep and 25 minutes to bake these delicious cupcakes in a jar.

    These Christmas cupcakes are ideal for the festive season. Follow this simple step-by-step cupcake recipe to make these flavoursome cupcakes in a jar. Each cupcake is infused with cinnamon, orange, and mulled wine. The buttercream is made with chestnut puree and Irish whiskey.


    • 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


    • 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 tips for making cupcakes in a jar

    This recipe uses mulled wine. If you want to make these cupcakes extra special, why not learn how to make mulled wine using our expert guide. Then you can use your own freshly brewed drink.

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