Ruth Clemens’ Eggnog cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: medium
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 22 min
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  • Ruth Clemens wowed us with her performance on The Great British Bake Off. Now you can try her festive cupcakes with this simple recipe.

    You always want to make sure you’re using the best ingredients when baking, so why not follow our recipe for the perfect homemade eggnog for your cakes?


    • Cupcakes
    • 240g caster sugar
    • 100g butter, unsalted
    • 100ml milk
    • 220g plain flour, sifted
    • 2tsp baking powder
    • 4 eggs, medium
    • 2tsp vanilla extract
    • 60g white chocolate
    • 2tsp ground nutmeg
    • 2tsp ground cinnamon
    • Frosting
    • 125g butter unsalted
    • 250g icing sugar, sifted
    • 100g white chocolate
    • 2tbsp double cream
    • 1tsp ground cinnamon
    • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


      1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Fan160°C/Gas Mark 4
      2. Cream together the softened butter and caster sugar
      3. Add the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract and mix well
      4. Beat in the eggs one by one adding a little flour at any sign of curdling
      5. Stir in the milk and mix well
      6. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon mix till thoroughly combined
      7. Finally grate the 60g white chocolate and add to the cake batter, folding through to distribute evenly
      8. Fill prepared cupcake cases 2/3 full
      9. Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top
      10. Allow to cool on a wire rack

      To make the frosting:

      1. To make the frosting melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water or alternatively in the microwave in short 30 second bursts taking care not to burn the chocolate
      2. Cream together the butter, icing sugar and double cream
      3. Add the melted chocolate mixing well to combine
      4. Frost the top of the cupcakes using a small angled spatula or pipe if you prefer.
      5. Sprinkle the tops with ground cinnamon and add a small piece of cinnamon stick for decoration


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