Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas Tree Cupcakes Inspired by a Real Christmas Tree

From a real Christmas tree, lovingly decorated by me and mum to a baked and decorated cupcake by me! 
The cupcake sponge in this recipe is very easy to make as it is an 'all in one bowl' recipe. The butter-cream is simple to make and you can really go crazy with the decorations! Glitter, silver balls, stars, snowflakes and whatever you feel is Christmasy. 

Recipe: Cupcakes  
  •        2 Eggs
  •        110g/4oz self raising flour, sieved 
  •        50g/1 ½ of ground almonds
  •        110g/4oz unsalted butter
  •        1tsp baking powder
  •        110g/4oz caster sugar
  •        1 tsp vanilla extract
  •        1 tbsp whole milk

  •        Sieve
  •        Bowl
  •        Mixer
  •        12 hole Muffin tin with cupcake cases in them.

1.    Preheat oven to 190c/Gas Mark 5. Place 12 cupcake cases into the muffin tray.
2.    Put all of the cupcake ingredients into a bowl and beat well until smooth.
3.    Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe: Buttercream
  •        120g/4oz unsalted butter diced
  •        225g/8oz icing sugar
  •        ½ tsp vanilla extract
  •        Green food colouring paste. (I used gooseberry green)
  •        Christmas decorations of your choice. Including glitter (because its Christmas. Glitter is a must)

  •        Sieve
  •        Knife
  •        Mixer
  •        Palette knife
  •        Piping bag
  •        Spoon
  •        Bowl x2

1.    Beat the butter in a bowl until creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar, beat constantly. Stir in the vanilla extract.
2.    Put 2/3 of the buttercream into a separate bowl and add the food colouring.
3.    Spread the uncoloured buttercream into each cake using a palette knife. (This will be the snow covered ground.)
4.    Spoon the green colouring into a piping bag. Pipe short lengths on top of each other in round layers to create a Christmas tree shape. (Criss-crossing over one another.)
5.    Add your decorations and sprinkle with glitter. 
Christmas Tree Cupcakes and Stained Glass Cookies.

Bake On and Merry Christmas!!

Bake On! Penny x
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