Easy Christmas Cupcakes

 CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES

Makes 12 , Preparation Time : 20 Minutes, Cooking Time: 25 Minutes 

Can be frozen, un-iced

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKES             

  • 280g self-raising flour                                                                              
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, very soft
  • 150g pot fat-free natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

FOR THE FROSTING

  • 85g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted

TO DECORATE

  • natural green food coloring (for Christmas trees), sweets, sprinkles and white chocolate stars
  • milk and white chocolate buttons and natural colouring icing pens, available at Asda

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cake cases. Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix with a whisk until smooth. Spoon the mix into the cases, bake for 25 mins until golden and risen and a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For the frosting, beat the butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar until pale and creamy and completely combined. To make snowmen,reindeer and Christmas puddings, first spread the icing over the top of each cake. Then lay the chocolate buttons on top, slicing some buttons into quarters to make ears and hats. Finally, use icing pens for the details. For the Christmas tree, colour the icing with green food colouring and pipe onto the cakes using a star-shaped nozzle, decorate with sweets, sprinkles and white chocolate stars.  

PER SERVING

408 calories, protein 5g, carbohydrate 53g, fat 20g, saturated fat 12g, fibre 1g, sugar 36g, salt 0.31g

Recipe Posted by Barney Desmazery from Good Food Magazine - January 2011

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