These were good, but instead of thinking 'cupcake', concentrate on 'florentine' or you may be disappointed. The cakes are small. I used small foil linings, and I still only got 8 cakes. Also, the cake batter wasn't very sweet, so you might want to add more sugar. But the chocolate and fruit made the top sweet enough that it compensated fine. I didn't have any sliced almonds so I used chopped walnuts and a little bit of almond extract. They were very good. I'll be making these again. Nice for a Christmas or Italian buffet table. Thanks Bluemoon Downunder!