Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

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These Christmas cupcakes are fun for children to make themselves. You can line boxes or tins with shredded Cellophane or some tissue paper and nestle your decorated cakes inside.

Snowman Christmas Cupcakes
Prep
20 minutes
Cook
20 minutes
Best for
Serves
8
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter or soft margarine
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • 150g  ready to roll white icing
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

Decoration

  • Marshmallows
  • Red Fizzy Laces for the scarves
  • Tubes of coloured Writing Icing (available in supermarkets)
  • Sugar baubles (for cake decoration) or silver baubles

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Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/ 300F /.Gas 4/fan oven 160C. Place the softened butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla essence into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for a few minutes, until the mixture is light in colour and fluffy.
  2. Line a bun tin with 8 paper cases and divide the mixture between them, filling the cases about two thirds full.  Bake for about 20 minutes until the cakes are risen and lightly golden. Lift the cakes (still in their paper cases) out of the tins and leave them to cool on a wire rack.
  3. Dust a clean working surface with icing sugar and roll out the icing to about 5mm/1/4”.  Cut out 8 circles using a small pastry cutter that is the same size as the top of your cakes.  Put the apricot jam into a small dish and stir in 1 tablespoon of hot water, then brush this over the surface of the cakes and stick the circles of icing on top.
  4. To decorate the cakes, use marshmallows for the snowmen’s heads, black writing icing for the eyes, red writing icing for the smiles and sugar baubles for noses (stick them on with a blob of Writing Icing). Stick the heads on the cakes using a little apricot jam, then stick on the sugar bauble buttons.  Wrap Fizzy Laces around the snowmen’s necks for scarves.

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  • These look and taste great and are easy to make, but it is very hard to get the strawberry lances to sit around the snowmen’s ‘necks’.  They’re quite thick and spring off, even when using a bit of apricot jam to hold in place.  Eventually I found that microwaving the lances for about 15-20 seconds softens them and makes them easier to use and bend into shape.

    susiej1
    08 Dec 2010

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