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Cherry and Marzipan Cupcake Recipe

Dense and almondy with a sticky, chewy marzipan center, these sweet little cupcakes are the ideal choice for anyone with a sweet tooth who also likes the strong flavor of almonds.  Pack a few in a pretty box as a gift for a sweet-toothed friend and watch them disappear in no time.


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • scant 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup glace cherries, quartered
  • 1 oz marzipan, finely grated

To decorate

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 2/3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 12 glace cherries

a 12 cup cupcake pan, lined with paper liners

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, along with the ground almonds and glace cherries.

Spoon small dollops of the mixture into the paper liners, sprinkle over some marzipan, and top with the remaining mixture.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To decorate, put the lemon juice and sugar in a bowl and stir until smooth and creamy.  Spoon on top of the cupcakes and top each one with a glace cherry.

makes 12

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