Almond Frosted Cupcakes with Crushed Almonds & Walnut Topping

a specially written recipe to celebrate 16 years of wonderful love & companionship with Mister Hubby who loves my cupcakes! Flavours of almond, cinnamon & cloves.. FABULOUS!

Method

**MAKING THE CUP CAKES**

1. First of all, preheat your oven to 180oC and place muffin size paper cases in your muffin tray tins (making a dozen!)

2. In your electric mixer, medium speed & whisk rotation, cream the soft butter and golden castor sugar together until it's nice and creamy.

3. Now add the corn oil, milk & natural almond essence and mix well until very creamy indeed!

4. Now add the eggs slowly as the batter rotates around and allow that to blend well together.

5. In a separate bowl, sieve the self raising flour, baking powder, powdered cream and cinnamon & ground cloves and mix gently together.

6. Begin by folding the flour mix into your creamed sugary mix and use a tablespoon of your flour mix until you reach a very creamy batter and let it rest for a moment or two.

7. Using a tablespoon, spoon the mixture into each case (12) and then using a teaspoon, spoon the remaining mixture into each casing for even quantity.

8. Place your cakes on the middle shelf of your oven and bake for 17 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before applying the frosting.

**MAKING THE ALMOND FONDANT FROSTING**

A) First of all, sieve the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl

B) In a measuring jug or large mug, measure 4 tablespoons of freshly boiled water, 1 tablespoon of liquid glucose, 1 capful of glycerine, 2 teaspoons of natural almond essence and mix well together until the liquid glucose has dissolved.

C) Now add to the icing sugar, add more sugar at a time until you reach a thick consistency resembling toothpaste. The mix should be smooth, shiny and almost starting to set.

D) Using a tablespoon, spoon onto your cupcake by starting in the centre and smoothing gently over the top of the cake and allowing it to run in between the paper cases, so take your time

E) Blitz the almonds and walnuts until near crumb stage and shake over the white almond fondant frosting.

F) Leave to set overnight in the refridgerator.

** Original recipe by L. Shannon, The Candlebridge Bakery & Soup Kitchen, January 28th 2011 **

Ingredients

Almond Fondant Frosting

Liquid Glucose 1 Dessert Spoon
Freshly Boiled Water 4 Dessert Spoon
Icing Sugar 10oz
Food Glycerine 1 Capful
Natural Almond Essence 2 Teaspoons

Creamed Batter Mix

Farmhouse Eggs (Room Temperature) 2 Large
Natural Almond Essence 1.5 Teaspoon
Corn Oil 1 Teaspoon
Milk 4 Dessert Spoon
Golden Castor Sugar 125g
Butter (Room Temperature) 100g

Spiced Flour Mix

Nestle Coffee Mate Powder Cream 1 Dessert Spoon
Ground Cloves 1 Teaspoon
Baking Powder 1.5 Teaspoon
Ground Cinnamon 2.5 Dessert Spoon
Self Raising Flour 125g

The Nutty Topping!

Almond Flakes 25g
Walnut Halves 25g

Hints 'n' Tips

**My Star Tips**

I normally ice my cakes with this fondant mix late at nights and by the next day, they're perfectly set, perfect with that lunch time cup of tea!)

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