Serves: 12 (makes 12)
Time to make: 20 mins
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup icing sugar
hot water to mix
fresh or dried fruit, lollies, sprinkles, silver balls or other appropriate decorations
Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tin with patty cases.
Step 2 Use a cake mixer to beat sugar and eggs together, until pale and thick and trebled in volume.
Step 3 Combine flour, cranberries and mixed spice and vanilla. Fold this gently into the egg mixture.
Step 4 Spoon mixture into prepared patty cases and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and springy when gently pressed. Allow to cool then ice as below.
Combine icing sugar and a little water to make a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of each cupcake and decorate with sprinkles or dried cranberries.