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Summer Berry Cupcakes

A taste of summer in a cupcake.  This is a great cake or pudding to take on a picnic, you could cheat and buy a madeira cake, make up the topping and assemble it at the picnic.  It makes a lovely change to summer pudding

150g soft butter or margarine
150g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
150g self raising flour
200g mixed berries such as raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, blackberries etc (fresh or frozen and defrosted)

Ingredients: for the topping
100g mixed berries as above
2 tablespoons caster sugar

  1. Preheat the oven on to 180c/gas 4. (AGA roasting oven, shelf on oven floor).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and flour and mix well.
  4. Gently stir in the berries being careful not to break them.
  5. Split the mixture evenly between the 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. (AGA: 15-20 minutes).
  6. Place the berries for the topping in a pan with the caster sugar, heat gently for 5-10 minutes until the berries collapse and the juices run. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  7. Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack, leave to cool.
  8. To serve place a spoonful of berries on top of each cupcake as a healthy alternative to icing.