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Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

Take a spiced cupcake filled with nutmeg and cinnamon and studded with fat juicy sultanas, top wth a caramel ganache and finish with a white chocolate cross!
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Swah

Ingredients

Spiced Cupcake

  • 230 g butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups self-raising flour
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sultanas

Caramel Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 75 g butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup icing sugar

White Cross

  • 150 g white chocolate melts

Instructions

Spiced Cupcake

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth in a large bowl.
  • Gradually add the sugar and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift the 2 flours and spices into a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Stir in sultanas. Do not overmix!
  • Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full with mixture and bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Caramel Topping

  • Put the brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring often.
  • Bring the mixture to boil and add in milk and vanilla.
  • Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and add in the (sifted) icing sugar stirring until the icing is thick and smooth.
  • Spoon a generous teaspoon of caramel onto the middle of each cooled cupcake, the icing will spread out evenly and set as it cools.

White Cross

  • Melt the white chocolate in short bursts in the microwave on a medium setting.
  • Spoon the melted chocolate into a piping bag with small nozzle attached and pipe crosses on the cupcakes.