Baking Fridays: Christmas Cupcakes

20.12.13

I WISH I COULD take full credit for these but I have Pinterest and Lola's Cupcakes (the actual franchise not cupcakes that I have baked before and me referring to them now in third person) to thank for the idea behind these cuties. Last Christmas, whilst doing some shopping I stopped at Lola's Cupcakes for my absolute necessary treat and spotted these adorable looking Snowman cupcakes, that combined with some browsing over at Pinterest lead me to having a go at baking some festive treats. I am incredibly surprised and pleased that they look very close to the real deal. Oh and to avoid any confusion, the chocolate ones are Reindeers, I feel I ought to point this out as my mum mistook them for being mice. Please, dear reader, assure me that they pass off as reindeers?!
Recipe

The ingredients listed below will bake 6 vanilla cupcakes and 6 chocolate cupcakes.

110g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
225g Caster Sugar (Preferably golden)
2 large free-range eggs
150g self-raising flour
125g plaing flour
120ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temp
1 teaspoon, good-quality vanilla extract
2 tblsp good-quality cocoa powder

Toppings and Frosting
110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
500g icing sugar, sifted
1 tblsp cocoa powder

1 pack of chocolate covered pretzels
1 pack of m&ms (these will be making up the reindeer's eyes and nose)
1 pack of Lindor white chocolate (or anything that can pass off as a snowman's head)
1 pack of strawberry fizzy laces
1 pack of pre-made chocolate icing (to draw the snowman's face)
250g of desiccated coconut

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160C (fan)/180C/350F/gas mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, it needs to be pale and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time. This process can be done either by hand or using an electric hand mixture.

3. Sift the two flours in a separate bowl. In a jug, measure out the milk and add the vanilla extract to it.

4. Add 1/3 of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat until combined. Follow this, by adding 1/3 of the milk and beat again. Repeat this process until all the flour and milk has been used up.

5. At this point, I transferred half the batter into a separate bowl and to it I added the cocoa powder. This step can be omitted if you prefer to make just the snowmen or if you prefer to just make the chocolate reindeers then add 2 tblsp of cocoa powder to the batter.

6. Carefully spoon the mixtures into the cupcake cases, they need to be about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Check by inserting a skewer, it should come out clean.

7. While the cakes are cooling, you can proceed with the making of the frosting. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and the icing sugar. The buttercream needs to be smooth and creamy, if you find that your buttercream is too stiff, add a few more drops of milk, if you find it too wet, add a little more icing sugar.

8. I divided the buttercream mixture and added cocoa powder to one half for the chocolate cupcakes. Transfer the buttercream to two piping bags.

9. Once the cupcakes are cool, pipe the buttercream over each cupcake. Easiest way I find is to use a large, round nozzle and then to smooth the icing over using a palette knife.

10. To finish snowmen cupcakes: Once you've smoothed over the icing, dip the cupcake in a plate of desiccated coconut, stick in a lindor chocolate and wrap around a fizzy lace and finally draw on a smiley face. Repeat process for reindeers, using m&ms and pretzels.

Phew...that was long. I hope that made sense to everyone, feel free to ask any questions anyone may have in the comments box.

Now, all that's left is to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas!

6 comments:

  1. I think they definitely pass off as being reindeer's! These cupcakes are so cute!

    xx Carina

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  2. These are adorable! Such a great idea xo

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  3. I just want to eat all these up

    xoxo,
    Tallia
    www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  4. You really are the baking queen these days!

    Buckets & Spades

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  5. these are so adorable. I've been wanting to do a good baking post like this lately.

    I'd love if you would check out my blog as well: http://afashionneverland.blogspot.com/

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  6. These are awesome! Such a clever idea and so well executed. Grrr, my belly is big time rumbling. I would love to snatch one of those up right now! xx

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