Sugar plum fairy cupcakes are bursting with flavor, and the pink frosting will leave you wanting to taste it. A homemade cupcake filled with a fruit filling and then topped with a plum and vanilla frosting. These are the perfect Christmas cupcake to serve.
What is a sugar plum flavor? Well sugar plums are a small hard candy that got its name as it looked similar to a plum. So technically sugar plums are not plums at all.
The cupcakes are a vanilla and almond flavored cupcake that is then filled with a plum filling, and piped with a pink plum/vanilla frosting. A fun sugar plum recipe that makes a gorgeous holiday cupcake.
Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes Taste Like…
- Sweet almond and vanilla flavor
- Plum fruit filling in the center
- Topped with a plum and vanilla flavored frosting
Why These Cupcakes Are So Popular
Fruit Filled Cupcakes – I love a cupcake that when you bite into it, has a delicious filling. These cupcakes are filled with a plum filling that is sweet, and bursting with flavor.
Nutcracker Inspired – If you love the Nutcracker you will imagine sugar plum fairies and all things winter. These are a fun themed cupcake.
Top with candy – Go simple and top with some pretty sprinkles or add spice drops, a peppermint, sprinkles galore, or other candies. These are so fun to decorate.
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- Baking Powder
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract
- Powdered Sugar
How to Make
Step 1: Preheat oven and prep cupcake pans. Then add all the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix and set aside.
Step 2: Add oil and a cup of granulated sugar in a mixer, and whip up for 2 minutes till light and creamy. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer.
Step 3: Mix in the eggs and extracts. Make sure the eggs get mixed in.
Step 4: Now you will add in the dry ingredients and milk, a little at a time. Alternate adding in a bit of the milk, mix, then more flour. Repeat until all the flour and milk is combined.
Step 5: Add the cupcake filling into lined cupcake pan, doing 2/3rds the way full. Bake as directed in the printable recipe card below. Let cool, then remove the center out of each cupcake.
Step 6: In a saucepan you will dice up the plums and add water and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cook to create the fruit filling for cupcakes.
Step 7: Let the plum compote cool and then fill the cupcakes with the fruit filling.
Step 8: Then you will work on mixing up the fruit frosting. You will add the remaining plum mixture with the frosting ingredients. Pour into a piping bag.
Step 9: Pipe the frosting on each cupcake and then top with sprinkles or decorations of your choice.
Fridge – You will want to store your cupcakes in the fridge, the frosting and the fruit will spoil if left on the counter at room temperature.
Freezer – You can freeze your cupcakes for up to 3-4 months in the freezer. Then thaw in the fridge overnight or thaw for around 1 hour on counter for quick thaw.
Expert Tips and Variations
- Top with gum drops, candies, and more. You could also top with a ballerina topper.
- Make sure to use room temperature ingredients, when mixing up the batter.
- The plums need to be ripe, otherwise, it can lack a bit of flavor.
- The frosting can be changed, feel free to use any flavor you would like. Even a vanilla frosting would be delicious.
More Christmas Recipes
- Christmas Donuts
- Frosted Graham Crackers – Christmas Themed
- Crockpot Peanut Clusters
- Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
- Christmas Rum Balls
Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
- 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 2 Eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 1 cup Milk
- 3 Plums chopped and pits discarded
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup Butter softened at room temperature
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4-5 cups Powdered Sugar as needed
- 2 tablespoons Plum Filling
- Sprinkles as desired
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and place cupcake liners in your cupcake pan. Set aside.
- Then in a bowl you are going to add your flour, baking powder, salt, and set aside.
- In a stand mixer or bow, add your oil and granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high for 2-3 minutes or until nice and creamy.
- Then add in the eggs and vanilla along with the almond extract. Mix till combined.
- Now alternate adding a little dry ingredients, then milk, going back and forth between the two until the cupcake batter is fully mixed.
- Pour the mixture into the cupcake liners 2/3rds the way full.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the cupcakes are full done. Once done place on a cooling rack to fully cool.
- For the plum filling you will want to dice up the plums and discard the pits.
- Place plums, sugar, and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Make sure to stir often.
- Once it boils, lower heat to a simmer and let simmer until the mixture becomes thick.
- Allow the mixture to fully cool once thickened.
- In a stand mixer or hand mixer cream your butter and powdered sugar until nice and creamy. Start with around 4 cups of sugar, and then if you need to thicken the frosting add more.
- Next add in the vanilla extract, and plum filling.
- Slowly add in a little milk to thin out the frosting. You might not use all the milk, you want a nice thick pipe-able frosting.
How to Assemble Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
- With cooled cupcakes, use a melon scoop or knife to cut out the center of each cupcake. Save the cupcake portion you remove.
- Spoon in a little of the plum filling to each cupcake, then place the cupcake portion back on top of the cupcakes.
- Now pipe on your plum frosting, and then sprinkles if desired.
- Refrigerate the sugar plum fairy cupcakes until ready to serve.
You will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head with this holiday dessert! A Christmas cupcake recipe that is light and fluffy, and delicious down to the last crumbs.