x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

In pictures: step-by-step recipe for The National cupcake

Faiza Taha, the owner of Mama’s Cupcakes, who was named the winner of The National’s Best Cupcake in Abu Dhabi contest, created a new cupcake especially for The National – almond-flavoured, with a blue-and-white swirl of fresh cream-based icing, topped with crushed almonds.


250g almond paste

200g caster sugar

200g butter

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract or essence

320g (2 cups) flour, sifted

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk (add more as needed)

Ingredients for icing

500ml fresh cream

1 tsp almond extract or essence

Whole almonds for garnish

Food colouring (optional)

All photos by Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National.