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I’m not usually a fan of the cupcake, but these are something special - not too sweet and utterly grown up. They work well as a gluten free cake, just swap out the plain flour for your favourite gluten free flour (I like it with buckwheat).
Preheat the oven to 155C / Gas Mark3. Grease a large muffin tin – this quantity works well for 12 proper-sized mini cakes. Don’t bother with muffin or cake cases, you don’t need them if you prepare the tin well, with lots of butter to prevent the cakes from sticking.
For the icing
These cupcakes are delightful with a mug of tea or coffee. Or for a lush dessert omit the icing and then warm them for 20 - 30 seconds in the microwave and serve them with vanilla icecream. Or of course you could make teeny wee ones and have them with a Caorun cocktail as a sweet canapé.
You need to start this recipe the day before you want to eat them, by preparing the plums.
the liquor from the plums
The next day