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Blackcurrant cupcakes

We have been making blackcurrant everything recently, as our blackcurrant bush seems to have exploded with buckets of the little purple berries. Today I made these cupcakes. They have a sweet vanilla and almond mixture which goes so well with the sharp tang of the currants.

How to make blackcurrant cup cakes

How to make blackcurrant cup cakes

To make them you need 140g of ground almonds, 140g of margarine or softened butter (I use flora light), 160g caster sugar, 140g self raising flour, 2 eggs (or 3 bantams eggs!), 1tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup of berries. Oven at 180 C.

Cut the pointy tops off the berries and throw this bit out, definitely a job to do while sat in front of the TV! Then put the berries in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of sugar sprinkled over them. Leave them to sit while you prepare the cake batter.

How to make blackcurrant cup cakes

Simply mix all of the ingredients (except the berries) with an electric whisk, then stir in most of the berries (saving a few to sprinkle on top of the cakes). Put the mixture into cake cases – I made 12 large-ish cupcakes from this mixture. Sprinkle your reserved berries over the top of the cakes and bake for 15min. Check they are baked with a skewer (it should come out clean)..

How to make blackcurrant cup cakes

Cook on a wire rack.

Blackcurrant cakes

…then eat! Great with a big mug of tea while watching the garden grow,¬†Jane.

Eating blackcurrant cup-cakes in the garden

4 Responses to Blackcurrant cupcakes

  1. Maria Waddington says:

    Just tried these out, but tweaked them slightly. I added half a cup of natural yoghurt and some cinnamon , and used blueberries because that is what I had in the fridge. Sprinkled with some icing sugar, they are delicious to eat warm with ice cream or cold with a cup of green tea.
    When we were in Australia we saw big red paper flowers, like yours, decorating a trailing plant in a lovely cafe.
    Thanks Jane, keep your ideas coming.

    • admin says:

      Ooh, they sound lovely! Adding cinnamon sounds a great idea – I am making some cakes tonight for my mums birthday so will have a go! We would love to go to Australia, maybe next year there will be a blog post from the land down under! Jane

  2. Marion Kean says:

    Have just made these delicious cakes and have had to stop myself eating them all !

    • admin says:

      Haha!!! I was just the same, Jane

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