Christmas Cupcakes

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Well Hello!

I've been a busy baking bee this season and I've been dying to share all my edible christmas treats with you.

To fit them all in I'm going to be posting a baking blog every single day this week, so be sure to subscribe here to keep updated on the latest recipes!

This baking series is so easy anyone can have a go. Why not try some out with your children or give some away to your family and friends as little personal christmas gifts.

For Today's Bake I am going to show you these very easy and quick to make Christmas Cupcakes! I've used a basic fairycake recipe, but you can easily spice this up with some coffee, cocoa or mixed spice for a more christmassy taste!

For this recipe you are going to need:



100g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
100g soft butter
2 eggs
12 cake cases

You will also need some a cake tray, weighing scales, a mixing bowl and a spoon or electric whisk if you lazy like me!

Simple!

For the icing & decorations you will also need:

140g Icing sugar
70g soft butter
tbsp milk
A generous selection of sugar sprinkle and cake decorations. I bought most of these from my local supermarket.



OK so we're ready to go!

To start pre-heat the oven Gas mark 4 or 180°C, and place your cake cases ready in your baking tray. Leave this on the side while we make the cake batter.

Now there is a proper order to put everything in the bowl! But my tried and tested method is throw everything in (so that's your flour, caster sugar, butter and eggs) and hope for the best! So far I've had no complaints.



Get out your mixing spoon or electric whisk and mix well until smooth and lump free. Don't worry too much if you have a few lumps it'll still taste great.


Add a generous scoop to each of your cake cases - you should have enough batter for 12 cakes and a little left over to lick the bowl!

Now place your baking tray on the middle shelf of the oven and relax for 20-22 minutes. You can use this time to wash up but make sure you've eaten all that left over batter first - Waste not want not!

After about 20 minutes check your cakes by skewing the centre of the cake. If the cakes are ready they should look a golden brown colour and the skew should come out clean. If it's not clean leave the cakes in the over for a couple more minutes.

Now your cakes are out of the oven, leave the cool in the tray for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. You don't want to be icing warm cakes because the icing won't set.



So while those are cooling we can make the icing! Like last time add your icing sugar, butter and milk to a clean mixing bowl and mix until smooth. If you would like a slightly thinner icing you can add a drop more milk.

So now for the fun part!



Once your cakes are cool, ice them all with your butter icing and we can get decorating! It's up to you how you ice them, you could tube the icing on to get a swirl effect, but I've just smoothed mine on with a knife as i want to do more of the decorating myself!

Here's my first try!



As you can see they don't have to be perfect or any works of art, just have fun and get creative!


I hope you've enjoy this post, and if you have a go at decorating your own cakes share your pictures with me on twitter @theasthinkings or leave a comment below and I'll check them out.

We'll be back tomorrow with another easy christmas baking recipe. Until then don't forget to subscribe here!

Bye for now!!
xx


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2 comments:

  1. These look ridiculously good :O Will definitely have to try these, although I can only hope my decorating goes half as well as yours

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    1. Haha! Well thanks! I'm definitely no artist but they were fun, and almost all gone now! If you have a go send me a link I'd love to see.

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