Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes

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Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 days of Christmas on Ellie Bakes, where I will be sharing a festive recipe every day until Christmas Eve. I think Christmas is the best time of the year for baking, and I have lots of great recipes to share!

These Christmas cupcakes are really cute, and a great alternative to a rich fruit cake.  They are great fun and really easy to decorate, perfect for making with children now the schools have broken up for Christmas!

We made some reindeer ones, using a red jellybean for the nose, mini marshmallows and writing icing for the eyes and pretzel sticks with flaked almonds attached on with icing for the antlers. We also made some adorable snowmen with marshmallow hats and pretzel arms.

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Christmas cupcakes

For the cakes:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the icing:

  • 80g softened butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk

Decorations:

  • Christmas sprinkles
  • coloured jellybeans
  • mini marshmallows
  • coloured writing icings
  • pretzel sticks
  • Flaked almonds
  1. For the cakes, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl until you have a smooth, pale mixture.
  2. Crack in the eggs and beat well, then tip the flour in and stir until combined.
  3. Spoon into the cases and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile make the icing. Beat the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and fluffy, then divide into 2 and put in separate bowls.
  5. Add the vanilla and 1 tbsp of milk to one of the bowls and the cocoa powder and the rest of the milk to the other.
  6. When the cakes are ready, remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  7. Ice half of them with the vanilla icing and the others with the chocolate icing, then decorate using the sweets to make Christmassy designs.
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