Christmas Cupcakes…

Christmas cupcakes: Not everyone is a fan of fruit cake or mince pies, these light coconut cakes speckled with jewel like ruby raspberries make a great alternative and can even be made in advance and frozen ready iced but without the raspberry and holly decoration. Simply defrost at room temp for 2-3 hours before finishing.

Great for all ages

Makes 12

Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 15-18 minutes


  • 175g/6oz butter at room temperature or soft margarine
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour
  • 11/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40g/11/2oz unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 150g pack fresh raspberries

To decorate:

  • 150g/5oz butter at room temperature
  • 300g/101/2oz icing sugar, sifted, plus a little extra
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk, if needed
  • 40g/11/2 oz unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 150g pack fresh raspberries
  • 100g/4oz green ready to roll icing


1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas mark 4. Line a 12 whole muffin tray with 12 deep red paper cake cases.

2. To make the cupcakes, add the butter or soft margarine and sugar to a large mixing bowl or food processor and beat until smooth. Gradually beat in spoonfuls of the egg and flour alternately, until it has all been added and continue to mix until light and smooth. Mix in the vanilla and coconut then fold in the raspberries.

3. Divide the mixture between the cake cases and spread the tops level. Bake for 15-18 minutes until well risen, golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip.

4. Lift the cakes out of the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

5. To make the frosting, add the butter to a bowl or food processor and gradually beat in the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and add a little milk, if needed, to make a soft frosting.

6. Pipe or spread the frosting over the cakes. Top each cake with a sprinkling of coconut and 3 raspberries. Roll the green icing out on a surface dusted with a little sifted icing sugar then stamp out small holly leaves with a cutter. Lift off the paper with a small knife and press 2 leaves into the frosting on each cake.

Cook’s tip:

Not a fan of nuts then leave the coconut out of the cupcakes and sprinkle grated white chocolate or bought sugar mini snowflake sprinkles over the top instead.

For Valentine’s day, add heart shapes stamped from red or pink ready to roll icing instead of the holly leave.

Guest post c/o Seasonal Berries. No payment was received


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  1. Cathy
    29th November 2016 / 9:18 am

    These are so pretty and perfect for Christmas, I am not a fan of Christmas cake or mince pies so these would be ideal x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:38 am

      Thanks for the comment Cathy πŸ™‚

  2. Rachel @ Coffee, Cake, Kids
    29th November 2016 / 9:29 am

    Oooh I like this idea. I have some raspberries that need using up, and I've just bought baking ingredients so I might pop them into fairy cakes like this!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:38 am

      Whoo sounds great Rachel πŸ™‚

  3. Kim Carberry
    29th November 2016 / 10:07 am

    Ohh! These look so tasty and are very pretty! What a fab idea x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kim πŸ™‚

  4. Tamar SB
    29th November 2016 / 10:08 am

    How beautiful!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thanks Tamar, they are so sweet πŸ™‚ credits to Season Berries…

  5. Keely Gallagher
    29th November 2016 / 2:42 pm

    These are great and look very festive! Great recipe!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thanks for the comment Keely πŸ™‚

  6. Sharon
    29th November 2016 / 3:40 pm

    These are ideal for my family because I am the only one that likes mince pies and Christmas cake. We will have fun making these over the holidays. πŸ™‚

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:40 am

      Aww, great πŸ™‚ Mine like the idea of mince pies but not really fans..

  7. Allen Bobo
    29th November 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Thank you very much. This article adds to my knowledge and very helpful!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:40 am

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Please may I?
    29th November 2016 / 6:53 pm

    They look so yummy. X x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:41 am

      Hi Traci, thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  9. ana de jesus
    30th November 2016 / 12:01 am

    Cutest cupcakes ever and they really are perfect for Christmas. I am sure I could eat like 10 of these in one go!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:43 am

      Hehe, me to Ana πŸ™‚

  10. Anna Maria
    30th November 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Omg they are so cute and they look damn delicious. Gotta love Christmas.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:44 am

      Thanks for stopping by Anna πŸ™‚

  11. Agata Pokutycka
    30th November 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Wonderful presentation. They would look perfect on Christmas table!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:44 am

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  12. beautyqueenuk
    30th November 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Wow they look just incredible and you have presented them so well!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:45 am

      Thanks Stella, credits to Seasonal Berries for these πŸ™‚

  13. Michael Salcedo
    30th November 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Excellent to know more about this important vitamin to complement our workout day.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 11:46 am

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  14. Five Little Doves
    30th November 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Oh how pretty!! And what a great idea!!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by lovely πŸ™‚

  15. kerry norris
    30th November 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I was sold the moment I read coconut! Coconut and raspberries are a perfect combo. These look lovely x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st December 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Hehe, I love coconut too!!

  16. Anosa Malanga
    2nd December 2016 / 7:13 am

    Fruit cake I think I can manage mince pies yuck lol but these great alternative cupcakes are awesome and would go down a treat

    • Clairejustine oxox
      2nd December 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Hehe πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment Anosa..

  17. Margarett Murphy
    3rd December 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Yes please. These look great.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      3rd December 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Hehe, hope you get to make some πŸ™‚

  18. Erica Schmidt
    4th December 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I love these cupcakes! So adorable and perfect for the holidays. Pinning for later, thanks for sharing!

  19. Julie's Creative Lifestyle
    8th December 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I love how pretty your cupcakes are decorated Claire. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.Enjoy the week.Julie xo

  20. Mrs.AOK
    11th December 2016 / 5:07 pm

    These sound and look so wonderful!! I want to reach through my screen πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing with us at #MMBH!XOXO Dean

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