Date and walnut cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 30 min
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    • 120g self-raising flour
    • 120g plain flour
    • 10g cornflour
    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 125g butter
    • 1 medium egg
    • 1 tsp mixed spice
    • 100g light brown sugar
    • 100ml of golden syrup
    • 100g bag of walnuts ( 75g to be chopped and 25g left aside to decorate)
    • 200g stoned dates
    • 250ml water
    • For the cream cheese icing
    • 150g full-fat soft cream cheese
    • 150g icing sugar
    • Few drops of vanilla extract


    • To make this cupcake recipe, preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cake cases.

    • Chop the walnuts and dates into 1cm square pieces.

    • In a small saucepan heat the water, chopped dates, golden syrup and butter until boiling point then leave to one side to cool.

    • Into a large mixing bowl sieve the flours, spice, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and add the chopped walnuts.

    • Lightly beat the egg and when the date mix has cooled fold the egg and date mix into the flours until just combined.

    • Divide the mixture between the 12 cases and bake for 30 minutes (depending on your oven).

    • To make the icing, add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until smooth and shiny, not for too long though or it will become watery.

    • When the cakes are ready remove them from the oven and allow to cool before icing, using a teaspoon to pop a dollop of icing on the top of each cupcake. Or for a perfect circle of icing, use a Wilton 2A or other round-tip nozzle attached to a piping bag to pipe a circle onto the centre of each cake.

    • Finish off by decorating with walnuts and dates

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