Mince Pie Cupcakes

My mince pie cupcakes are quite simply an extravagant cupcake version of the traditional mince pie! Packed with my delicious homemade mincemeat, light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes are topped with a heavenly, smooth and indulgent brandy buttercream and decorated with silver sugar pearls. Festive baking at its best!

Mince pie cupcakes

Tis the season!

As you likely know already, I love everything about Christmas! I’ve shared some of my festive creations with you in the past, from my Christmas pudding cookies to gingerbread fudge. I also love the yummy festive flavours of orange and cranberry in scones and shortbread! So much more to share, but high on my family’s list of favourites has to be mince pies! 😋

Now, me being me, not only do we enjoy making mince pies at home every Christmastime, but I also always make my homemade mincemeat to fill them with. I LOVE homemade mincemeat as I can tweak it to suit my family’s tastes and preferences.

Having said this, sometimes we also want cake, not pastry, with the same delightful, boozy festive feeling and flavours. And so, with this craving for cake hitting, my mince pie cupcakes were born!

mince pie cupcakes filling

How to make my mince pie cupcakes

These cupcakes are simple enough to make, though there are a few additional steps to making them. The cupcakes are made first, a simple vanilla cupcake, which is then hollowed and filled to the brim with delicious mincemeat. The cupcakes are then topped with an absolutely divine brandy buttercream and a little festive sparkle for extra special fun!

cupcake batter
mincemeat filling
mince pie cupcakes brandy buttercream

Aren’t they such fun little cupcakes? Perfect for Christmas! 😍🎄🧁

Thanks for joining me today my friends. Happy baking! x

mince pie cupcake

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Mince Pie Cupcakes

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by movers and bakers Course: Christmas, cupcakesCuisine: British, AmericanDifficulty: a little effort
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Fluffy vanilla cupcakes, boozy mincemeat and brandy buttercream! Merry Christmas! 😊🎄❤️


  • For the cupcakes
  • 215 g (1¼ cups + 1 tbsp) plain (all-purpose) flour

  • 180 g (¾ cup + 2 tbsp) caster sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 125 g (½ cup) yoghurt (I use Greek)

  • mincemeat, to fill cupcakes

  • For the brandy buttercream
  • 200 g (¾ cup + 2 tbsp) unsalted butter

  • 400 g (2¾ cups) icing (powdered) sugar

  • 3 tbsp brandy

  • silver sugar balls, for decorating (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a couple of muffin tins with cases and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, first soften your butter slightly, then sift in all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt) and beat until your mixture resembles damp sand. In a separate smaller bowl, beat together your eggs, yoghurt and vanilla. Tip in ¾ of the wet mixture into your dry mix and beat to combine thoroughly. Add in the remaining wet mix to your batter and beat again until mixed, then turn the speed to high and beat for 30 seconds.
  • Divide your cupcake mixture evenly between your cases and bake 17-20 minutes until golden, well risen and a toothpick inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Cool briefly in the tin, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the brandy buttercream, pop your butter into a large mixing bowl and beat for a few minutes until much paler and really soft and fluffy. Add in half your sugar and slowly mix to combine. Pour in the brandy and mix in completely. Don’t worry if it looks a little curdles, it will come together in the end! Add the second half of your sugar and mix slowly again (or the sugar will fly everywhere!). Once completely combined, turn your speed up to high and beat for two minutes until pale, fluffy and really soft.
  • When your cupcakes have cooled completely, use a knife or corer to scoop out the middle of your cupcakes (these can be eaten as perks of the chef!) and fill them with some of your mincemeat. Swirl with your brandy buttercream, top with a few silver sugar balls, if using, and enjoy!

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  1. I didn’t see at which point do u add the mincemeat?

  2. Hello, is it possible to make mincemeat myself. Do you by chance recommend a recipe? Because it’s difficult to find it here in the shops. Thank you 🙏🏽

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