Thursday, 13 December 2012

Rudolph cupcakes

It's been a while since I last posted for which I'm sorry. I start preparing for Christmas early, but even so November and December are very busy. We also have the arrival of our elf on the shelf at the start of December, so November is the time I plan his visit and his mischief. (For more information on elf visitors, have a look here or'll find plenty out there...).

Anyway that's why I've not been around so much, but I'm here today to write about my festive Rudolph cupcakes.

These are simple chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing then decorated and my kids LOVE them.
You'll need (to make a batch of 12 muffin sized cakes):

For the cakes:
3 eggs
6 oz sugar
6 oz margarine
5 oz self raising flour
1 oz cocoa powder

For the icing:
5oz margarine
10oz icing sugar
1 oz cocoa powder

For the decoration:
6 glace cherries, cut in half
3 curly wurlys, cut into antler sized pieces. 3 should be enough to have a little spare to taste test
chocolate dots/chocolate drops/currants/raisins/black icing

Line a muffin tin with 12 cake cases. Preheat the oven to around 180C.

Mix together all of the cake ingredients, until the batter is thick and well combined. Divide evenly between the cases and bake for around 15-20minutes or until the cakes spring back when the tops are lightly pressed.

Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely before decorating.

Once cool make the icing. Mix together the margarine,cocoa and icing sugar to a thick spreadable consistency. 

Using a palette knife or the back of a teaspoon, spread the icing over the tops of the cakes. Top with half a cherry for the nose, and stab in the pieces of curly wurly for the antlers. Finish with the chocolate dots for eyes.

These are a really quick treat for children and can be made fairly quickly and easily...get the kids to help decorate too!

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