I'm really feeling the Christmas spirit at the moment! Especially as it's my last day in work this year (I've got 12 days off over Christmas!) and we are having a huge, delicious, food-filled buffet on my team. My contribution was these Christmas cupcakes. The Snowman Cupcake you see above, and an attempt at Santa Hat Cupcakes further down this post. I also got baking goodies in my Secret Santa gift, which I am very pleased with!
First I must introduce you to the new love of my life...my food mixer!! It's by Andrew James and is a slightly early Christmas present. It cut the time it took me to make these cupcakes down by about 90 minutes! Mixing by hand takes so long, I love this machine! It has four attachments, 6 speeds and is just generally fabulous.
The sponge for these cupcakes is Red Velvet, so I started by mixing 165g butter and 300g caster sugar until softened and fluffy.
I then added 2 tsp vanilla extract and 2 eggs, and mixed some more.
I weighed out my dry ingredients, which were 70g self raising flour, 200g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, and 20g cocoa powder. I added these to the bowl along with 225ml milk.
My 'white' buttercream was made by mixing 300g icing sugar, 2 heaped tsp cream cheese and 150g butter.
My red icing was made with a whole heap of red food colouring (and some pink when I ran out of red!), 200g icing sugar, 100g butter, and one 1 heaped tsp cream cheese. I also added a bit more icing sugar at the end as the amount of food colouring I used made it go quite wet.
I started with decorating the Snowmen Cupcakes first. I swirled white icing on the tops, keeping it quite flat.
I decorated marshmallows with writing icing for the snowmen's heads.
I pressed the marshmallow head onto the buttercream.
I wrapped three strawberry laces, cut to length, around the snowman's neck for the scarf.
I snapped an orange chocolate stick in half for his arms, and used three liquorice cakes for his hat. And Mr. Snowman was ready! I thought he looked super cute, but a cocktail stick would've been handy to keep his head and hat on his body. as the hat was heavier than the head I did have some decapitation issues!
I decorated the Santa Hat Cupcakes with a swirl of white icing using a star nozzle, then a big swirl of not quite red enough icing with a circle nozzle, and finally a little blob of white on top for the hat's bobble. I thought these looked cute too, but a few people had trouble recognising what they were! Taste for both cupcakes was rated highly, so I can't complain!
This might be my last post before Christmas day, so I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas! And thank you for reading! Hope Santa brings you all the baking goodies you want! :)