• Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time12 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cupcake batter

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp double-acting baking powder
315g plain flour
3 eggs
80g clover honey
110g light brown sugar
150g granulated sugar
170g unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 (115g) jar pumpkins with pears baby food
2 (115) jars applesauce and apricots baby food
60g ground pecans

For the icing

1 tsp almond essence
2 tsp vanilla essence
75g sweetened condensed milk
115g cream cheese, softened
170g unsalted butter, softened
140g icing sugar
30g ground pecans
Special equipment: 2 (12 individual cup) mini muffin pans

For the cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

2) In a small mixing bowl add the bicarbonate of soda, salt, baking powder and flour. Mix thoroughly with a fork and set aside.

3) In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, honey, both sugars and butter. Mix until smooth using a hand mixer. Add the cinnamon and baby food. Mix until smooth. Using a rubber spatula fold in the pecans. Slowly add the flour mixture using a sifter and fold in until ingredients are evenly mixed.

4) Place 24 mini baking cups (5cm, nonfoil) into each hole of the mini muffin pan. Place a 4L resealable freezer bag into a bowl (for support) and pour the cupcake batter into the bag. Seal the bag and cut the tip off 1 of the bottom corners of the bag. Squeeze the batter into each baking cup, filling them only 3/4 of the way full. Place the mini muffin pan in the oven on the centre rack. Bake for 12 mins.

For the icing:

1) In a small mixing bowl add the essences, milk, cream cheese, butter and icing sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy using a hand mixer. When the cupcakes are done baking remove each cupcake from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Place the cooling rack in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 mins.

2) Once the cupcakes are cooled remove them from the refrigerator. Ice each cupcake by putting a generous dollop of icing on the top with a spoon. Garnish top with ground pecans and they are ready to serve.

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