Thursday, 17 December 2009

Christmas cupcakes: Part 2

Christmas doesn't have to mean expensive presents, surely cupcakes make a much sweeter gesture than a store voucher? Why not make somebody their favourite flavour and adorn with their favourite sweets?

My friends and i had a no present rule for the adults, but i couldn't resist making them cupcakes instead. These chocolate on chocolate cupcakes featured above were for my lovely sister-in-law and were topped with her favourite chocolate bars; double decker, smarties and mars bar as well as some white chocolate drops and colourful stars.

Because the chocolate and peppermint cupcakes went down so well last week, i decided to again use the Primrose chocolate cupcake recipe for the sponge. They turned out just as well this time, although i now wish i'd added the salt after watching Jamie's Family Christmas last night. (Apparently salt helps enhance the chocolate flavour.)

By this point i'd ran out of Green & Blacks dark chocolate (85% cocoa) so i decided to use their cocoa powder for the chocolate buttercream. For this i (sort of) followed Hummingbird's frosting recipe, but knowing the specified 300g of icing sugar would make for a runny mess, i instead used 450g which worked out pretty well.

So go on guys, pick any flavour and topping and make someone's day with a christmas cupcake!

Merry Christmas Baking! xxx

1 comment:

  1. I agree - what could be better than some home made cupcakes? I've made some Christmas cupcakes today and I'm going to put them into individual cupcake boxes, so they can go with the other bits & pieces I've made as a sort of mini hamper. Yours look great as ever.

    Happy Christmas