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Mulled Wine Cupcakes with Brandy Butter Italian Meringue Buttercream

Friday December 13 2013

I’ve promised this recipe to a few peeps now, but as per usual, my “problem” is that I tend to just throw stuff in a bowl & hope for the best.  I’m mostly kidding, but it is partially true. I have memorized some tried & tested recipes & kinda just add ingredients in quantities that I believe will work.  I’ve made this recipe a few times now & did actually jot down notes can you believe!

Here’s what you’ll need – & this will make about 16-18 jumbo cupcakes, or 2 dozen smaller/fairycakes.

MULLED WINE CUPCAKE BATTER

Preheat oven to 350F / 180 C & line with cupcake cases.

As with most cake batters, mix up the butter and sugar until light & fluffy. The dark brown will literally turn to pale brown in a few minutes.  Add your eggs, then alternate your mulled wine with the addition of the dry ingredients.  Mix until everything’s incorporated.  I add in the orange zest and spices at the end.  Spoon or scoop your batter into your cupcake cases & bake for about 2o minutes.

* Note – I have tried this with both “homemade” mulled wine & the bottled mulled wine. Really by the time you buy the ingredients to make your own, it costs about double of what the pre-made stuff costs.

BRANDY BUTTER ITALIAN MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM (IMBC)

As per usual, I use Mr Brown’s IMBC recipe, which has not failed me yet.  So follow the recipe:

up until you get to the adding in the butter part…

I added in a lil over a cup of unsalted butter (a 250g thing of Lurpak), then used 2 x 150g tubs of ready-made brandy butter. Both Tesco’s finest & Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference worked equally well. **

** Note – again, I made the brandy butter from scratch for one of the batches, which, again, came in at more than the price of the pre-made brandy butters. Doh!

Add in another splash or two of brandy or cognac if you wish.  I wonder if my husband has noticed the diminishing supply of Hine Rare Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac – whoopsie!

Then pipe onto your cupcakes & decorate as you wish.  & ENJOY!!

A fun version :-)

& on display :-)

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