Archive | December, 2012

Candy Cane Cupcakes

21 Dec

chocolate peppermint cupcake

Not everyone likes a mince-pie, or a slice of brandy rich, fruity Christmas cake. I mean, there must be something wrong with them, right? But let’s not discriminate. Here’s a festive morsel for those raisin haters out there.

candy cane cupcake

Chocolate & Peppermint cupcakes
makes 16 cupcakes

Ingredients
For the cupcakes
50g cocoa powder
225g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine salt
165g butter
250g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
125ml sour cream

For the icing
400g icing sugar
125g butter
40ml milk
1tsp peppermint essence
16 mini candy canes

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180/160 fan/Gas 4, and line 2 muffin tins with 16 cupcake cases.

2. Mix the cocoa powder, flour, bicarb of soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

3. Melt the butter and allow to cool, then beat in the sugar and then the eggs and vanilla. Mix in half the flour mixture followed by half the sour cream. Then mix in the other half of the flour followed by the other half of the sour cream.

4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cakes and bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. To make the icing beat the butter and icing sugar together until well combined and creamy. Beat in the peppermint essence (you can add more or less to taste). Spread the icing on the cooled cupcakes and top each one with a mini candy cane.

Snow White & Rose Red

18 Dec

red snowflake christmas cake

The cake is ready! A few weeks of feeding with brandy and slowly maturing and it’s time to ice. I was dreaming of a bright red reindeer, like this one, what a beauty!

half christmas cake

But Big Sis Cakes had bought me a set of snowflake icing cutters for my birthday. Snowflakes it is then. Doesn’t it look good? Tastes alright too. You can find the recipe in my recent post, Feed Me!

sliced red snowflake christmas cake

Carrot and Stick

6 Dec

Carrot Orange Muffins

When not baking, eating, swimming, cycling or running I can sometimes be found playing music. I know, how do I have the time, right? Well, sometimes, I do. And if said music playing takes the form of a saturday morning rehearsal, you need a little sweet treat to look forward to and boost your strength mid-way though. Following on the veg in cake theme started with this Parsnip, Lime and Ginger cake, how about one or two Carrot & Orange muffins? Oh, go on then!

carrot and orange muffins with cinnamon

Carrot & Orange Muffins

Ingredients
250g plain flour
85g caster sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 oranges, zested & juiced
75g greek yoghurt
75g melted unsalted butter
1 large egg
100g grated carrots

Method
Line 12 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners, and preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and orange zest.

Mix together the orange juice, yoghurt, butter, and egg. Mix this wet mixture into the flour until just combined and then fold in the grated carrots. Divide the batter equally between the muffin cups

Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden. Eat when you need a break from disturbing your neighbours!

Christmas Pops

3 Dec

Christmas tree cake pops

It’s December, officially time to start thinking about Christmas. How about these fellas then? Christmas tree cake pops and Christmas pudding cake pops. Have a look at my top tips for cakey pop baking for some cake pop basics. Here, for the trees, shape your cake mixture into cones. You’ll need green melts and a selection of sprinkles. For the puddings, it’s the usual round pops with brown & white melts and some little holly sprinkles.

christmas pudding cake pops

Get festive with your cake innards, the trees you see here are ginger sponge with ginger buttercream and the christmas puddings are christmas cake (use off-cuts when you trim your cake pre-icing), and brandy buttercream.

Check out the amazing Bakerella for more festive cake popperage!