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Pistachio cupcakes

Turn any gathering into a special occasion with these glamorous cupcakes for grown-ups

  • Prep: 25 mins
    Cook: 25 mins
  • Makes 12
  • Easy
  • Makes 12
  • Easy
  • Calories 326
  • Carbohydrates 45
  • Saturated Fat 7
  • Sugar 36
  • Protein 4
  • Fat 16
  • Fibre 0
  • Salt 0.34

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 326
  • Carbohydrates 45
  • Saturated Fat 7
  • Sugar 36
  • Protein 4
  • Fat 16
  • Fibre 0
  • Salt 0.34

Ingredients

  • 100g pistachios
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 140g butter, very soft
  • 2 eggs
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • edible glitter, to decorate
  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • mint green food colouring

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. Put 85g pistachios into a food processor with about half the sugar, then whizz until very finely chopped. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the remaining sugar, butter, eggs, flour and milk and beat until smooth. Divide between cases, then bake on a low shelf for 22-25 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

  2. For the icing, mix just enough water into the icing sugar to get a very thick but still runny icing – just add 1 tbsp of water at a time. Stir in enough food colouring to give a pretty, pale green colour. If any cakes poke above the top of the cases, trim with a small knife, or scoop out with a teaspoon – being very careful not to release any of the case from the sides of the cake. Put a generous spoonful of icing on each cake and let it gently spread to cover. Chop the remaining pistachios and scatter these over with a pinch of edible glitter. Set, then serve.

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