Christmas Cupcakes

Here are some cute, Christmassy cupcake ideas, which will serve as a good alternative to mince pies at any Christmas gathering!

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For these cakes I used a basic, chocolate cupcake recipe, and a basic buttercream, which I coloured in Christmassy red and green. For a basic chocolate cake recipe, click here! Buttercream is very easy to make- simply mix 140g of butter with 280g of icing sugar, and a splash of milk to loosen the mixture. For a really white and fluffy icing, beat the butter and sugar together for at least five minutes.

For all of these cupcakes, start with a base layer of white buttercream. It doesn’t have to be spread perfectly, as it is going to get covered up anyway! 

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Christmas trees: 

Put a star shaped tip on a piping bag, and fill it with green buttercream.

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Begin by piping a disc of little stars on the base of the cupcake, then a slightly smaller disc on top.

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Keep piping discs, gradually getting smaller, until they begin to resemble a three-dimensional Christmas tree.

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Place one final dollop of icing on top.

Decorate with either small dabs of red buttercream, or small round sprinkles, like baubles. This is a lot of icing to eat- its true! But these cakes are, unsurprisingly, very popular with children- or anyone with a sweet tooth!

Wreaths:

Use the same, star shaped nozzle as the one used for the Christmas trees.

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Pipe small, star shaped blobs all around the edge of the cupcake.

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Using a different piping bag, or the same one with a different tip, pipe a bow out of red buttercream. For this you need a straight, small nozzle, which will give you a straight line.

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Holly:

Using a plain nozzle, to give a straight, fairly thin line, pipe the outline of a holly leaf on one side of the cupcake.

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Do the same on the other side of the cupcake, so you have two similar looking leaves.

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Colour the leaves in using more green icing.

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Use the same plain nozzle to create red berries out of small blobs of red buttercream.

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Enjoy, and have a lovely Christmas!

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xxR

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