Christmas cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 12

Have fun with the kids over the Christmas holidays making and decorating these easy cakes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen, un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal408
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.31g
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    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



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    For the frosting

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

    To decorate

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

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    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.

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    3rd Aug, 2017
    Made these for the second time today, and I have to say they turned out great! I've got large muffin tins and the mixture made 15 muffins, will definetely make these again at christmas time and decorate festively.
    22nd Nov, 2012
    Made this recipe twice now - first time in my new mixer - very stodgy and again using a hand held electric whisk. Followed recipe to the letter and again got stodgy buns that look more bread like than light sponge. Shame as this is a simple recipe with good ingredients. I won't be using it again. No stars from me.
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    8th Dec, 2011
    Taking onboard the previous comments I added a little more flour (300g altogether) and divided into 17 cases. They are too sweet for me but they look pretty for the school fete!
    27th Nov, 2011
    I made these yesterday! I divided the mixture into about 16 cases and they turned out beautiful! So light and fluffy :D
    13th Nov, 2011
    Me too! Uneven bottom to the cakes and quite doughy and heavy in the middle. A bit disappointing really. Good have been great as the recipe is really easy for the kids to follow. My daughter made them for her brownie hostess badge.
    4th Feb, 2011
    Great but easy recipe.
    17th Dec, 2010
    I have to agree with the previous comment, I made these last night so simple to make but I found the inside a bit doughy... Going to try these again at the weekend !!!
    16th Dec, 2010
    Help please, what did I do wrong? Made these last night for kids to decorate today, but the bottom wasnt flat and it was quite doughy in the middle, but a lovely colour on top. Any advice please?
    12th Dec, 2010
    This recipe is so easy as can do all in one bowl. I cooked in my fan oven for exactly 25 mins as stated and had fun the next day with my 7 year old decorating these. They were fantastically moist and yummy. Definatly worth doing even if not decorating them.
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