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4.5 from 2 votes

Panettone – Cupcake Style

Panettone can be really rich, and provides a LOT of cake in one sitting. These cupcakes give the amazing flavor in a much more manageable serving.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: panettone cupcake recipe, panettone cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Stef


  • 1 .25 ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1 C warm water 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 C nonfat plain yogurt I used Greek yogurt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T grated lemon zest I used 1/4 t lemon extract and 1/4 t orange extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C dried currants
  • 1/4 C raisins I also added 1/4 C dried cherries and 1/4 C dried cranberries. Feel free to add whatever dried fruit you like!
  • 1 T confectioners' sugar
  • 1 T butter melted (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water and sugar.
  • Cover and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough forms into a manageable ball.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary, until dough is soft and pliable, but not sticky. (You may need up to 5 cups flour.)
  • Place dough in a large, lightly greased bowl.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, toss dried fruit with confectioners' sugar.
  • Punch down dough, transfer to floured surface, and knead in the fruit.
  • Line cupcake tin with liners and divide dough evenly between them.
  • Cover loosely with dish towel, and let rise 30 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter, if desired.
  • Bake for at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until cupcakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.2mg