The bonus is that the batter is made in the food processor; it nearly goes together in the blink of an eye.
And the cream cheese frosting is Ina Garten's with coconut. I halve the recipe and there is plenty for 24 of these mini-cupcakes.
Because it is the Christmas season I decorated them with the tip-leaves from my organic mint to resemble holly, and tiny cinnamon candies known as "Red Hots" (tm) to represent red berries.
These are the perfect size for a tea-snack, a kids party, or a holiday dessert buffet.
They also make a nice little gift on a pretty plate for neighbors and friends.