Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

Enjoy the deliciousness of our Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes, which perfectly capture the fruity and spicy essence of the classic treat. With a simplified recipe, these delicious cakes are a breeze and save time without compromising on taste. Covered with a heavenly spiced cream cheese frosting and adorable cross decorations, every bite is a delicious explosion of flavor. These cupcakes are perfect for any occasion, be it a festive Easter or just a special treat to satisfy your cravings. Treat yourself to these irresistible treats today!


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp spice mix
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 large eggs, beaten, at room temperature
  • Peel ¾ orange
  • 100g raisins, sultanas or a mixture of both
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and then grated
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam, warmed with a dash of water
  • Peel ¼ orange
  • 50 g full-fat cream cheese
  • 50g powdered sugar
  • 25 g butter, soft
  • ¼ tsp spice mix


Transfer your cake mix

Using an ice cream scoop, pour the liquid mixture into the mold. It’s quicker and easier than using a spoon.

Preparation steps

  1. Combine lemon juice and milk in a large jug and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and melt the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with a little butter.
  4. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, spices, almonds and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients with your fingers to break up any lumps of sugar.
  6. Beat eggs, zest and melted butter into the thickened milk.
  7. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.
  8. Beat evenly with a whisk.
  9. Stir in dried fruit and apple.
  10. Pour the dough into the greased muffin tin.
  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the dough is golden brown and well risen.
  12. Let the rolls cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then place them on a rack.
  13. When the buns are cold, use a serrated knife to cut a cross from the top of each bun.
  14. Spread the top of the rolls with apricot jam.
  15. For the spiced buttercream, mix everything until a creamy and light mixture is formed.
  16. Pipe buttercream into the crosses.
  17. Alternatively, you can simply glaze the rolls and pipe crosses over them.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • measuring spoon
  • Whisk
  • grater
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Ice cream scoop

Allergen information

Please note that this recipe contains the following allergens:

  • milk
  • butter
  • Almonds
  • Eggs

Storage and leftovers

To store your hot cross bun cupcakes, follow these steps:

  1. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
  2. Store them in an airtight container.
  3. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. If necessary, bring to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy your delicious hot cross bun cupcakes!

The Health Benefits of Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes are a delicious twist on a classic Easter treat. Not only are they delicious, but they also come with a number of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and how they contribute to your well-being:

lemon juice

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which acts as a powerful antioxidant, supporting your immune system and protecting against cell damage.

Whole milk

Whole milk is an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also provides proteins, vitamins and minerals that are essential for overall health.

Unsalted butter

While butter should be consumed in moderation, using unsalted butter in baking helps control sodium intake. It is also a source of healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

Self-rising flour and baking powder

Both self-rising flour and baking powder are leavening agents that help cupcakes rise. They do not contribute significant nutritional benefits, but are important for achieving the desired texture.

Light soft brown sugar

Light, soft brown sugar adds sweetness to the cupcakes. Although it should be consumed in moderation, it provides carbohydrates for energy.

Spice mix

Spice blends typically contain a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. These spices not only add flavor but also provide various health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Ground almonds

Ground almonds give the cupcakes a deliciously nutty taste. They are also a good source of healthy fats, fiber and vitamin E.


Eggs contribute to the structure and texture of the cupcakes while providing high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

Orange peel

Orange peel adds a hint of citrus flavor and is a rich source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.

Raisins and sultanas

Raisins and sultanas provide natural sweetness and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and various minerals.


Grated apple adds moisture and natural sweetness to the cupcakes. It also contains fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants.

apricot jam

Apricot jam enhances the flavor of the cupcakes and adds natural sweetness. Although it should be consumed in moderation, it contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Cream cheese, powdered sugar and butter

Cream cheese, powdered sugar and butter come together to create a delicious frosting for the cupcakes. Although these ingredients add flavor and texture, they should be consumed in moderation due to their high fat and sugar content.

Spice mixture (for icing)

Mixed spices in the frosting complement the flavor of the cupcakes and provide additional health benefits from the aforementioned spices.

Overall, hot cross bun cupcakes not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide a range of nutrients and health benefits through their ingredients. Enjoy this delicious treat knowing that it contains a blend of beneficial elements for your well-being.

Tip: Transfer your cake mix

Using an ice cream scoop, pour the liquid mixture into the mold. It’s quicker and easier than using a spoon.

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