Dot Shirley Recipe

Miniature Fruitcake Cupcakes

By Dot Shirley coffeelovermama

Recipe Rating:
18 cupcakes
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Dot's Story

I've had this recipe so long I can't remember where it came from or even the "real" name of the recipe. I make them every Christmas for my son. He's named the recipe. He says: "Just isn't Christmas without your special recipes."
If you don't care much for the candied fruit, this is a great substitute.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a perfect way to serve fruit cake! The cupcakes can easily be made ahead of time and frozen. When ready to serve, just spoon on the fruit mix.


1/2 box
graham cracker crumbs
1 stick
unsalted butter room temperature
1 c
1 tsp
baking powder
2 large
eggs, separated
1 c
1 c
each: raisins, chocolate chips, chopped pecans or walnuts
1 c
1 can(s)
small size crushed pineapple drained
1 jar(s)
10 oz size red maraschino cherries drained
1 jar(s)
10 oz size green maraschino cherries drained

Directions Step-By-Step

Fill muffin pans with foil or holiday paper cups.
Preheat oven to 350* Place oven rack in center of oven.
With electric mixer, cream room temp. butter and sugar til blended. Mix crumbs, baking powder, egg yolks, and milk. Do not over mix.
Beat egg whites til stiff and fold gently into the mixture.
Add fruits and nuts gently folding into mixture. Chocolate chips come in a bag.....any brand will do. Which ever you like, Nestles, Hersheys, etc. Remember...chocolate melts when cooked. no need to chop, cut or smash.
Spoon into paper cup lined muffin pans. Fill 3/4 full. The egg whites will give heighth to the muffins.
Bake at 350* 15-20 mins til set but not hard when pressed in center. Toothpick will come out clean when pressed into top of muffin.
While muffins are baking, mix sugar and drained pineapple and cook til syrupy about 15 mins.
Slice all cherries in half and mix with cooked pineapple.
When pineapple/cherry mixture is cooled and cupcakes are cooled, spoon cherry mixture on top of each cupcake.
These are beautiful and delish the day of baking. It's hard to eat just one. Especially if they are still slightly warm inside.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Collection: Festive Feasts
Hashtags: #for, #Great, #Holidays

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Linda Wigley bluedevils
Jan 17, 2013
Thanks so much for responding!
Dot Shirley coffeelovermama
Jan 17, 2013
Any brand of chocolate chips/drops. And no the directions do not call for chopping. They melt when cooked, no need to cut, chop or mash.
Linda Wigley bluedevils
Jan 16, 2013
Are these the old fashion chocolate drops? Do you chop these?
Dot Shirley coffeelovermama
Dec 25, 2012
Zenia: Sorry I don't measure this recipe by the cup. Guess you'd have to check the box for more information
zenia morrier zinnie
Dec 25, 2012
Thanks Dot for your response. Maybe you can tell me how much (the cup measurement) of the graham cracker crumbs you need for this recipe. Thanks