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Mini Cupcakes with Dried Fruits

Updated on June 19, 2013
One tiny cupcake up for grabs--petite cupcakes with all the sweetness of dried fruits and the wholesomeness of malt -o-meal.
One tiny cupcake up for grabs--petite cupcakes with all the sweetness of dried fruits and the wholesomeness of malt -o-meal. | Source

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Good things come in small packages, so they say. I’ve to agree—especially when it comes to food. In terms of calories, they carry less and less is more when it comes to calories. Agree? Also, small is beautiful—they’re adorable all dressed up in petite allure. So, when I was making some cupcakes the other day, I thought, why not make mini cupcakes? They’ve all the flavor of regular-sized cupcakes but none of the monstrosity (and evil) of calories. If you eat two mini cupcakes, you won’t feel all bloated and then, guilty for luxuriating in culinary pleasures.

As the name implies, it’s the smaller version of regular cupcakes, so you can just make cupcakes the way you normally do but use tiny cupcake cases. I’m a big fan of dried fruits, so I decided to make dried fruit mini cupcakes. I ransack my pantry and easily came up with three different types of dried fruits—prunes, apricots (unsulfured) and cranberries. In terms of flavor—winner—since they have all the nectar-like sweetness and they’re balanced with a little tart-a little sweet. And just thinking off the bat, these dried fruits are full of fiber. I know, I’ve been told to eat prunes for constipation, cranberries for urinary infection and apricots for heart and eye health. These are generalizations, of course. If you read the nutrition panel, they mention a bunch of nutrients such as potassium, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins--we'll go into details later.

So, these mini dried fruit cupcakes are health-friendly to a certain degree. There will always be naysayers who beg to differ but then, even too much of a healthy thing can be unhealthy. So instead of getting too technical, lets’ go on with our mini cupcakes and enjoy life a little.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 72


  • 1 cup malt 0-meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or softened butter
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup rum
  • A dash cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped prunes, cranberries and apricots

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Allow fruit medley to soak in the flavor of rum and spice--a delightful combination.
Allow fruit medley to soak in the flavor of rum and spice--a delightful combination.
Allow fruit medley to soak in the flavor of rum and spice--a delightful combination. | Source


  1. Soak chopped dried fruits with rum and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside for at least half an hour.
  2. Measure all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add milk, eggs, vanilla essence and oil. Mix well.
  4. Line cupcake tins with mini paper- cupcakes cases.
  5. Ladle one heaping tablespoon of batter.
  6. Top with some of the dried fruit medley.
  7. Pop into oven and bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.

Smell the goodness of homebaked cupcakes? Well, it's time to take those dainty treats out and enjoy them with a cup of latte or tea. They're so irresistably delicious. Got to trust me on that one, unless you want to find out for yourself.

And why not? It's your turn to turn out a batch and enjoy.


Enjoying food is good and the ability to enjoy food is a blessing as some are quick to point out. But we also like to know that what we're eating are beneficial as well. Bear in mind that dried fruits are concentrated and dehydrated and are therefore higher in sugar and lower in certain nutrients than their fresh counterparts. Portion control is the way to go with dried fruit--a handful is about right. With that in mind, let's chew on these benefits:

Health Benefits of Prunes (aka dried plums)

  • High in vitamin K, a quarter cup yields 32.3%. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting, bone health and prevention of calcification of arteries.
  • A good source of soluble fiber, useful in stabilizing blood sugar level by slowing the absorption of glucose. Fiber, as we know, also promotes regularity, hence the dried fruit most connected to relieving constipation.
  • Propionic acid produced by insoluble fiber in prunes helps to lower cholesterol.
  • Helps to promote heart health.
  • Promotes strong bones with its calcium content.

Health Benefits of Dried Cranberries

  • Fresh cranberries belong to a group of superfoods. In terms of antioxidants, they beat out almost every fruit and vegetables. In the dried form, it's rich in vitamin C and fiber. One gram of dried cranberries has 3 grams of fiber.
  • Clinical studies show that cranberries may be useful in fighting urinary tract problems.
  • Fights bacterial infection.
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Anti-cancerous

Health Benefits of Dried Apricots

  • RIch source of soluble fiber--helps to prevent constipation and reduce total cholesterol.
  • High in potassium, crucial for maintaining healthy blood pressure.
  • High in carotenoids and antioxidants.
  • Great source of vitamin A, the water-soluble vitamin responsible for cell growth, boosting immune system and enhancing skin health and eye health.


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  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 3 years ago

    rebeccamealey, try them, they are yummy and serve as a good alternative to the dreaded fruitcake. Thanks for commenting.

    suzettenaples, I agree. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. Yes, mini cupcakes certainly go along with less is more. Not so harmful to healthy eating.

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Awesome! I would never have thought of putting dried fruit in cupcakes. These would be good around the holidays. Shared and pinned!

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    anglnwu 3 years ago

    Thanks for the vote up, Ebower.

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    Erin Bower 3 years ago from Georgia

    This looks healthy and delicious! I voted it up and useful.

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Agreed, peachpurple, just the right size for kids. Thanks for commenting.

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    super delicious and great for the kids

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Thanks, torrilynn.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    @angInwu I agree with you on that

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    torrilynn, I like small foods too. For some reason, they seem to taste so much better.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    @angInwu thanks for this hub. i really like small foods and especially fruits. i really like how you combined the two. Voted up.

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Thanks, Islandbites, good to hear from you.

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    IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

    Nice recipe!

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Suzie, so good to see you here. Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean-how can one stop at one or two. I usually have more but then, these cupcakes are small, so there goes the reasoning. Thanks for commenting.

    ytsenoh, yes, totally divine. Try it and get hooked. Thanks.

    rose-the planner, do try it some time. Glad you liked it.

    Careermommy, thanks for your support. When we play with food, we can come up with all kinds of crazy stuff.

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    Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    This is such an original cupcake recipe. I've never heard of using Malt-O-Meal as an ingredient for baked goods. Very unique and voted up.

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    rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    They look delicious. I like the fact that they are smaller than the average cupcake. Must try the recipe! Thanks for sharing .

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    Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    I have printed and will try this for sure. It sounds devine. Thank you!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi anginwu,

    Love this mini version of cupcakes, not sure if it would stop me indulging too much because they do look and sound delicious! Love dried fruit too and good to have a cupcake recipe that is not all butter cream icing and miles more unhealthy. Great read from start to finish, voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned!

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    vespawoolf, thanks for reading and commenting. I like the smaller size too--fewer calories.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I agree that these tiny cupcakes are healthier than the standard variety. And all that dried fruit is so healthy. I also like the smaller size so it's not so easy to over indulge. Thank you! I hope to try these soon!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    ishwaryaa22, haha, we've two things in common. Now, that's a good thing. Thanks for reading, sharing and pinning.

    StephaniebCrosby, I agree, you can practically add anything and it will taste good. The goodness of cupcakes--yum. Thanks for commenting.

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    Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

    These look really good. I love making homemade baked goods. With an item like cupcakes, you can add just about anything and keep playing around with ideas.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    A tasty recipe! I am very fond of dried fruits as well as cupcakes (I have a sweet tooth). The instructions are clearly written and the first+last photos are drool-worthy! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    beingwell, I used to think I can't bake as well. I'm still not very good at it but I would on occasions, actually bake. Nothing like home-baked goodies. Give it a try, you'll be surprised that you can actually bake. Thanks for commenting.

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    beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

    It's one thing I can't do... make cupcakes or cakes or breads. You're so lucky you can make your own batches. Me, I buy from the stores.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Jill, good to hear from you. My daughter loves making cupcakes too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Thelma Alberts, mini cupcakes are fun, plus you can make a lot at one go. Thanks for reading.

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    Oh, how I love cupcakes! They are yummy. I´m fond of baking cupcakes though I have not tried baking the mini ones. I´ll give it a try. Thanks for this recipe. Voted up and pinned;-)

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    jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

    Oh you're making me hungry with all these goodies! I'll tell my daughter about the cupcake. She loves making them too!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, livingsta, for your kind support. Take care.

    Movie Master, so good to see you here. It's been a while. Thanks for the vote.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi anginwu, what a great recipe, I like the idea of using apricots, I bet they are delicious, looking forward to trying this!

    Thank you and voted up.

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    livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    A very useful, interesting and beautifully written hub loaded with useful information about the ingredients and then the awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing this. Definitely will try sometime soon.

    Votes up, sharing and pinning!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    TycoonSam, glad you liked it.

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    TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

    What a great idea! Dried fruit soaked in rum? It's got to be good.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Om, let me join you then; we'll eat a couple of dozens between us. But I'll have to insist--you make the coffee, after all, you wrote a whole hub on coffee drinks. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Liz Is Beautiful, haha, one of the lucky ones who don't have to count calories. Actually, I don't much too but it's always nice to know that you're eating healthy. Thanks for reading, voting up and sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    I could eat dozens of these in one sitting! LOL The recipe sounds really scrumptious. I love anything with rum! Thanks for sharing, Angeline :)

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    Salini 5 years ago from India

    Yummmmmmmm....well I seriously don't care about calories intake (i know i should, but lazy and foodie me!)... this recipe is realllly good..:)

    Voted useful

    Thanks for sharing

    Have a great day ahead...

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    teaches12345, thanks for your continual support. It means a lot to me.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Mhatter, always good to hear from you.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    On my, this is really good! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Also, enjoyed knowing how it benefits health.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    peachpurple, yes, they're easy to bake and you can make quite a few at one go. Thanks for voting up.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    carol, thanks for your continual support even though I'm not posting as much. thanks for voting it up and pinning.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for this great recipe.

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    peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i love mini cupcakes with fruits and nuts. Usually buys them at bakery shops. Now i can save money and bake them myself. Thanks. Voted useful

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    I like the mini idea. Less calories and you get to have something sweet and delicious. Whatever is put in front of us is generally enough. People way overeat. Great recipe ideas...Voting Up++ and pinning in my healthy foods section.