• 290 g unsalted English butter by Sainsbury's, softened
  • 225 g light brown soft sugar
  • 4 medium British free-range Woodland eggs by Sainsbury's
  • 4 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch mace
  • 280 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 12 holly decorations
  • gold pearl decorations


  1. 1

    Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 large cupcake cases. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, fan 160ºC, gas 4. Place 150g butter plus the sugar, eggs and milk in a large bowl and mix with an electric whisk to combine.

  2. 2

    Sift the self-raising flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace into the bowl, then fold through the butter and sugar mixture.

  3. 3

    Divide the mixture between the paper cupcake cases, then bake for 25 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. 4

    To decorate, mix 140g butter with the icing sugar until smooth. Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle. Pipe a swirl on the top of each cake. Decorate with holly and gold pearl cake decorations.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1792kj 428kcal 21%
  • Fat 21.9g 31%
  • Saturates 12.4g 62%
  • Sugars 40.3g 45%
  • Salt 0.2g 3%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1938kj/463kcal

Each serving provides

53.8g carbohydrate 0.8g fibre 4.6g protein

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