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Tomato cupcakes with a lime basil frosting

Here's an unexpected but satisfying way of using up some tomatoes and basil from your basket.

The tomato cupcake itself has the spiced flavor of a carrot cake and the lime basil frosting has the zingy herbaceous taste that you might enjoy in a mojito. My kids don't like them but, honestly, this is one of those times when I'm more than happy with that.



2 eggs

150g/ 5oz soft brown sugar

100ml/ 3.5oz vegetable oil

200g/ 7oz All purpose flour

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1tsp Mixed spice (see recipe below or use pumpkin spice blend)

200g/ 7oz Fresh tomatoes, pureed


350g/ 12oz Powdered sugar

25g/ 1oz Unsalted butter, room temperature

150g/ 5oz Cream cheese, room temperature