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Monday, 18 December 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas - Rudolf Cupcakes

Rudolph -cupcakes

'Rudolph the red nose reindeer...'

I make a lot of cupcakes throughout the year, but these little cuties are one of my favourites! They are so sweet, so festive and most important of all, they are very tasty!

These little guys are chocolate cupcakes, with chocolate butter cream. But you could add any flavours you like to make them not just look Christmasy, but taste it too. Peppermint would be a good one! Or maybe orange? They are easily adjusted to your taste, but I just wanted to keep things simple this time. I love to make cupcakes at this time of year, big cakes are great, and can be very impressive, but not so easily shared all the time.


Ingredients: ~ makes 12
115g of butter room temperature
2 eggs
200g caster sugar
100ml of milk
95g self raising flour
50g cocoa powder
30g plain flour.

200g butter room temperature
200 icing sugar
200g dark chocolate melted

100g dark chocolate
white fondant
red fondant
black fondant
red glitter

- Preheat your oven to 170°C, and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cases.

- Into a large bowl, add the butter, and caster sugar and mix until smooth, then add in the eggs and mix until combined.

-Add the milk, alternating with the flour and cocoa powder, and mix until everything has come together.

-Put in the oven, and bake for 22 - 25 minutes.

- For the icing, mix the butter and icing sugar together until smooth. And then once your melted dark chocolate has cooled, add that in and mix well.

- For the decorations, cover a flat board with a sheet of greaseproof paper, and melt the dark chocolate. 15 second bursts in the microwave is the easiest way I find, and put this in a small piping bag.

- Start drawing out sets of antlers onto the greaseproof paper, there is no right or wrong way, just have fun and make them any shape or size you like. When you are finished, carefully put the board in the fridge for the antlers to set. 20 minutes is more than enough time as they are only small.

- Roll out 12 little balls and put them in a bowl -a few at a time, with a little of the glitter. Roll them around in the bowl until they are completely covered, the glitter should stick to the fondant.

- Using a piping nozzle, or anything else you have handy, cut out 24 larger white circles, and 24 smaller black circles. Using a toothpick or small brush and a little water, stick the black circles to the white circles.

- To decorate, pipe or spoon icing onto the cupcakes, so you have a kind of ball -no fancy piping needed. Carefully add the antlers but sticking them into the icing. And for the other decorations, a little water is all you need to stick them on.


Seven Sleeps Til Christmas! 

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