Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Christmas Cupcakes!

We've been working with the lovely Cait and have uncovered her wonderful talent for creating some delicious recipes. We've spent ages poring over her beautiful images and now she's giving us the chance to recreate some of them by sharing all her secret recipes with us ..... and of course you. 
Look out for more in the next issue!


Christmas Cupcakes

December is here and the snow is falling, it's time to play Phil Spector's Christmas Gift For You, don your frilliest apron and bake some festive treats.

I'm yet to find a person who doesn't just love Red Velvets, and as if these weren't festive enough already, I added a dash of peppermint and some candy cane sprinkles, just for a little extra yuletide cheer.

Candy Cane Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cupcakes
65g soft butter
175g caster sugar
1 egg
38ml bottle red food colouring
125ml buttermilk
25g cocoa powder
150g flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vinegar

Yields 24 mini or 12 standard cupcakes

Icing
500g icing sugar
75g butter
225g cream cheese
Candy Cane Sprinkles to decorate

Half this recipe for mini cupcakes
Preheat oven to 170°c/325°F/Gas 3.

Line a cupcake tray with paper cases and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer, then beat in the egg until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix the cocoa powder with the flour and bicarbonate of soda and set aside.

Add the food colouring and extracts into the butter mixture and mix until combined. Then add in the buttermilk and flour mixture in alternate until fully combined. Finally mix in the vinegar and divide between the cupcake cases.

Bake for around 15 minutes for mini cupcakes and 25 for standard and set aside to cool.

While the cupcakes are cooling, beat the sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until it starts to look like fine bread crumbs then add the cream cheese and beat until smooth, this can take a few minutes.

Fit a piping bag with a large star tip nozzle. Pipe in an anti-clockwise spiral starting in the centre of the cupcake working up and over the original circle. Finish off with candy cane sprinkles

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

6 love letters:

Rosie said...

These look AMAZING. Will definitely have to try and make these beauties <3

Rosie x

rebecca said...

i haven't baked for months, i think this is my cue to take it up again! xo

ps, i'm having a christmas jumper giveaway (:

Vicky said...

I'll definitely be giving these a try. They look so tasty x

Lizzi said...

Such lovely cakes! I will definatly try these (: x

LookingGlassGirl said...

Yum! x

Elene H. said...

it looks so good!

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