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45 mins

Have Your Cake and Eat It
The delicate flavour, colour and texture of these cupcakes marry beautifully to create cakes that I think are perfect for bridal or baby showers. Making mini cupcakes that are packed full of flavour and texture rather than regular size will allow every guest to sample a cake without the calorific content. Freeze dried fruit powders add an intense flavour and sherbet fizz to the buttercream without adding moisture or the need for extra sugar or artificial colours.

Makes 18 regular-sized or 48 mini cupcakes

Posted by Aurum Press Published See Aurum Press's 77 projects » © 2021 Mich Turner / Jacqui Small · Reproduced with permission. · Recipe extracted from Have Your Cake and Eat It by Mich Turner MBE, published by Jacqui Small an imprint of The Quarto Publishing Group.
  • How to bake a floral cupcake. Raspberry, Rose & Pistachio Cupcakes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3. Place 18 cupcake liners in cupcake tins (or 48 mini cupcake liners in mini cupcake tins) and place 3 raspberries in the base of each (only use 1 raspberry if using mini cupcake liners).

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, slowly, mixing until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter and fold in carefully. Stir in the milk, rose water and finally, the pistachios.

  • How to bake a floral cupcake. Raspberry, Rose & Pistachio Cupcakes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fill a large piping bag with the batter, snip the end and pipe the batter into the cupcake cases until they are two-thirds full. Bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • How to bake a floral cupcake. Raspberry, Rose & Pistachio Cupcakes - Step 4
    Step 4

    To make the buttercream, whip the butter for 1–2 minutes until soft. Add the icing sugar in 2 batches and whisk until fully combined. Add the milk and raspberry powder and whisk. Top each cupcake with a swirl of buttercream and decorate with chopped roasted pistachios.

    Store for 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Not suitable for freezing.

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