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Hot Cross Muffins

Hot Cross Muffins

Tasty muffins with all the fruit and flavour of Hot Cross Buns, topped with an icing cross
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Muffins
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the muffins

  • 185 g Light brown sugar
  • 185 g Butter
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 Apple peeled, cored and grated or chopped
  • 250 g Mixed dried fruit
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg

For decoration

  • 100 g Icing sugar
  • ½ tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tbsp Water


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4, line a cupcake tin with paper cases
  • Cream together the light brown sugar and the butter. Add the eggs and almond extract and whisk well
  • Gently mix in the apple, then whisk in the self raising flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Fold in the mixed dried fruit
  • Divide the mixture between the cases
  • Bake the muffins for 25 minutes until golden brown, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, place on a cooling rack to cool completely
  • To make the icing mix the ingredients together, add the water slowly as you may not need it all. You need a thick, pipable paste
  • Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe crosses onto each muffin
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days


Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead