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Sugar Plum Cupcakes Recipe

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Sugar Plum Cupcakes are amazing during the holidays! If you love a perfectly sweet treat, you’ll love these. Be sure to check out my Delicious List of Amazing Cupcake Recipes for even more easy-to-make cupcakes.

If you’re dreaming about sugar plum fairies and all things holidays, these cupcakes filled with a sweet surprise are for you. They’re also perfect and fun to make for the holiday dessert table as well. Feed that sweet tooth with these holiday cupcakes!

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Making cupcakes during the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. This is because once the cold weather hits and the snow starts to fall, I just love to be in the kitchen baking.

The reason for this is unknown, but it’s something that I look forward to doing every single year. The family loves when I’m baking as well because that means that they get to eat even more!

I think you’ll be so happy with these simple cupcakes. Especially since there is a surprise in the middle that will wow everyone once they take a bite!

Sugar Plum Cupcakes

When you can make cupcakes from scratch, why not? Sure it might be a little bit more work and a process to do so, but the end result will give you fluffy and moist cupcakes every single time.

We tend to take turns helping out one another in the kitchen, and that is one of my favorite ways that we bond. The boys like to help mix and stir, and I love to stand in the kitchen and smell all the smells. It works for us and has for years!

Once these cupcakes are baked, it’s so hard to sit and be patient and let them cool down. But it’s important to do so, or else you’re not going to be able to add the frosting on top! And let’s be honest – one of the perks of making cupcakes at home is that you can add on as much frosting as you’d like!

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How do you know when cupcakes are done baking?

The last thing that you want to have to happen is to pull the cupcakes from the oven too early. This will result in cupcakes that are not safe to eat, and the entire batch will have to be pitched!

Don’t let this happen. The good news is that there are easy ways to ensure the cupcakes are safe to eat. Grab a clean toothpick, and insert it into the cupcakes.

If the toothpick comes out clean without any batter on it, the cupcakes are safe to eat and take from the oven. If there is batter on the toothpick, the cupcakes will need to be baked for a little bit longer.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Now is the time to start meal planning! It’s an easy way to let everyone know what’s for dinner so that they’re not asking you a million times a day.

The best part about planning out the meals is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. As you can see below, it can be fairly simple to do!

Main Dish: Hearty Baked Chicken and Pasta Recipe

Vegetable Side: Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Starch Side: Scalloped Potatoes Recipe (Gratin dauphinois)

Refreshing Drink: Delicious Peppermint Mocktail for Kids

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Best Cupcake Recipes:

Once you make this Festive Sugar Plum Cupcake Recipe, you’ll wonder what other easy recipes are out there. Since I’m quite a fan of cupcakes, I’ve gathered up some that I think you’ll really enjoy.

Here are some of my favorites – and I can’t wait to hear what you think about them!

Everyone in the house LOVES when we have this Cream Soda Cupcakes Recipe!

Check out how simple it is to make this Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe. So much flavor!

Pumpkin Cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts to eat during the fall!

Making these Oreo Cookie Cupcakes are perfect for Oreo fans.

If you need a cupcake recipe during Easter, these Bunny Cupcakes are adorable!

I love the flavor of this Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe!

If you want more filled cupcakes, this Cherry Filled Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe is one of the best!

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How do I store leftover cupcakes?

Lucky for you if you have any leftovers! The biggest thing to remember is that they must be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge.

This is because the frosting on top needs to be chilled. If you don’t care for cold cupcakes, just set them out for a few minutes and let them come to room temperature before eating them.

For the best results, eat any leftover cupcakes within 2-3 days.

More Plum Recipes:

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Sugar Plum Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

These Sugar Plum Cupcakes are certain to become a new family favorite holiday dessert!


  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Almond Extract
  • 1 cup Milk, + 2-3 Tablespoons extra
  • 3 Plums, chopped and pits removed
  • 1 cup room temperature Butter
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Icing Sugar (you may need more)
  • Sprinkles (optional)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add cupcakes liners to a muffin pan. Set it aside.
  3. Whisk the baking powder, salt, and flour together in a bowl. Set it aside.
  4. In a different bowl, mix the oil and white sugar until creamy, using a mixer. This will take about 2 minutes.
  5. Beat in the eggs, almond extract, and 1 tsp of vanilla.
  6. Beat in half of the dry ingredients, followed by 1 cup of the milk, and then the rest of the dry ingredients until incorporated.
  7. Fill the liners 2/3 full of the batter.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes.
  9. While the cupcakes are baking, work on making the filling.


  1. Add the chopped plums, 1/2 cup of the white sugar, and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir it frequently. Reduce it to medium-low heat to simmer and let it thicken. The plums should be broken apart and easily squished into what looks like a jam using the back of a spoon.
  3. Take the plum filling off the heat and let it cool.


  1. Beat the butter and icing sugar for 2 minutes. Add 2-3 T of milk, plus the vanilla. Mix well and set aside.
  2. After the baked cupcakes have cooled down, take a cupcake corer and remove the middle of the cupcake. (be sure that you don't make a hole all the way through the bottom)
  3. Add 1-2 tsp of the plum mixture into the middle of the cupcake.
  4. Put the remaining plum mixture into the frosting and mix well to eliminate any lumps. Using a mixer will break down any lumps.
  5. Add the frosting to a piping bag and a star top, and frost the cupcakes. Add sprinkles.

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