Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes


Easter, like Christmas, seems to be sneaking into our stores earlier and earlier. But I don’t really mind because with Easter comes Hot Cross Buns!!! I love heating them up in the morning with a little bit of butter for breakfast or in the afternoon for a wee pick me up. I haven’t tried making them myself but I have made these Hot Cross Bun inspired cupcakes.

The cupcake is plain vanilla to which I added some cinnamon and raisins. For the icing I made a cinnamon buttercream and used royal icing to pipe a cross on top.

Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes



  • 2 1/2 cups flour , sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder, sifted
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raisins or sultanas
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk , at room temperature

Cinnamon Buttercream:

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Royal Icing (I just buy mine but it’s simple to make).


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking cups.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.

Combine the vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon and milk in a large liquid measuring cup.

Reduce the speed to low. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one-third of the milk mixture, beating until well incorporated. Add another one-third of the flour mixture, followed by one-third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined. Fold in the raisins or sultanas.

Scoop batter into baking cups and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.


Place the ingredients into a mixer and beat until it is a light, fluffy consistency. Pipe onto cupcakes. Pipe your royal icing in a cross on top. =)

These cupcakes are super delicious and are a nice change from all the chocolate around this time of year, However, if you are a bit of a chocolate junkie, you can try chocolate hot cross bun cupcakes. Just swap 1/4 cup of flour for cocoa and the raisins for chocolate chips. Same goes for the icing πŸ™‚ Hope you try these tasty little Easter goodies and let me know in the comments how you find them.

Catch ya later,

Rebekah πŸ™‚


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