It’s almost Christmas and everyone here at Christmas Photo Cards is getting the Xmas eating bug. We’ve all got quite the sweet tooth, so we thought it apt to share an awesome cupcake recipe with you so you can bake in time for the big day!
So what are you going to need for the cake part?
- 110g butter (or marg)
- 110g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 110g self raising flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
And what are you going to need for the icing part?
- 140g softened butter
- 280g icing sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- Green food colouring
- A piping bag with attachments
(This is taken from a popular recipe from BBC Food)
So how are we going to prepare the cake batter?
Firstly preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with seasonal paper cases. You can find find pretty cases from the Cake Craft Shop.
Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale, if you’re doing this by hand it could take up to 5 minutes so be patient! Once you have achieved this you need to add in the 2 eggs, gently, and then add in the vanilla extract.
Next you will need to fold in the flour using a metal or wooden spoon, adding the milk until the mixture is thick but dripping. Add the mixture evenly into the 12 cases, they should be around half full.
Bake these in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden, you can test the cake with a skewer (if the middle is not cooked there will be residue on the skewer). Once cooked set aside for 10 minutes until cool, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Next we’re going to make the icing and decorations…
Beat the butter in a reasonably sized bowl until soft and gooey. Add in only half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add in the last of the icing sugar with the milk until you’re left with a smooth and creamy mixture. Add in food colouring until you are happy with the colour of your icing (this will form the Christmas tree).
Spoon the icing into an icing bag (using a star nozzle,or another nozzle of choice) and pipe the icing into a spiral upwards, creating a tree. Once this is done you can use whatever you wish to decorate the tree, we would suggest some seasonal sprinkles.
Hopefully your tree looks like the image above, if not then don’t worry as every tree will always be different!