Panettone is one of the few cakes that you can buy in a box at Walgreens. I’ve always seen the panettone there, but like the Snuggie for dogs, I just look – I’ve never purchased. That being said, I can’t tell you if my panettone cupcakes are better or worse than the panettone cake in the boxes. But, I believe that the odds of homemade baked goods being better than their store-bought counterparts are about the same as the odds of a book being better than its movie adaptation – just about 100% (feel free to correct me, fans of boxed panettone or movie adaptions of books).
If you’ve spent the whole first paragraph wondering what in the world panettone is and how you say it (it’s pon-a-tony), here is your answer: Panettone is an Italian sweet bread with dried fruit and/or candied fruit typically served during Christmas time. I’ve (of course) made mine in cupcake wrappers. I got the adorable seasonal wrappers shown above and below as a gift from cousin Bryna. Thanks!!
Panettone Cupcake Recipe
To make these panettone cupcakes, I converted a panettone recipe from allrecipes.com to cupcake format. I am reprinting it below with the cupcake adaptation and my notes.
Other Christmas Cupcake Ideas:
- ’08 Christmas cupcake – Mulled wine cupcakes with chestnut butter frosting
- ’07 Christmas cupcake – Eggnog latte cupcakes
- Honey baked ham cupcakes
- Ferraro Rocher cupcakes
- Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest – Check out the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest for some great cupcake inspiration.