Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Reindeer Cupcakes

Awwwww ain't they looks lovely. These super cute cupcakes is great for Xmas.

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 170g castor sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 100g dark 70% cocoa solid chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbsp irish cream liqueur (optional)
For the chocolate icing:
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp double cream
To decorate:
  • giant chocolate buttons
  • crisp-coated chocolate (such as M&Ms or Smarties)
  • mini pretzels
  • black writing icing
  • mini marshmallows, sliced

Preheat oven to 170C.  Line 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs until well combined. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until combined. Fold in the milk, melted chocolate and Irish cream liqueur, if using.

Sppon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes or until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and set aside to cool on a cooling rack.

For the icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Whisk the mixture until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.

To decorate the cupcakes, spread the icing over the top of the cupcakes. Spoon the remaining icing in an icing bag fitted with a small nozzle.

Press a chocolate button onto the cake as a nose,then stick a crisp-coated chocolate on top using a little icing. Stick on two slices of marshmallows as the eyes, use the black writing icing for the pupils. Stick on the pretzels as the ears.


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