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Christmas Cupcake Recipe

December 01

These cool Christmas cupcakes knock the socks of Christmas pudding any day! This recipe also works super for normal cupcakes too.



  • serves Serves 8
  • time 90 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas mark 4 and line a cupcake tray with paper cases.
  2. 2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the bowl and break in the 2 eggs and add the butter in small pieces. Using an electric hand mixer beat all the ingredients together until combined. Add in half the milk/water and beat again until combined. You are looking for the batter to be light and creamy. Add the rest of the liquid if you need it- you may not.
  3. 3. Divide the batter evenly into the paper cases and place in an oven for 15-20 minutes or until firm and light brown on top.
  4. 4. Allow to cool on a wire rack before applying the frosting.
  5. 5. Combine the icing sugar and water until you get a thick icing, you may need to add more sugar or water depending if it's too thick or too thin! Spoon a little amount on the top of each cupcakes and allow to set while you get on with the holly and berries! Make sure to leave a little aside to attach the rest of the decorations.
  6. 6. Knead a small amount of the green food colouring into a little of the ready to roll icing until you get a nicely coloured dough. Repeat this with the red food colouring. Roll out the green icing and with a holly cookie cutter cut out two leaves for each cupcake. Dusting the worksurface with icing sugar will prevent any sticking. With the red icing dough, roll out little balls. With a spoon add a little dollop of the icing to the bottom of the holly and the berries and place on top of the cupcakes.
  7. 7. Allow the icing to set before eating, if you can wait that long!

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For the cupcakes:

175g of self raising flour

110g of caster sugar

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of cinnamon powder

110g of soft margarine or butter

2 large eggs

50ml of water/milk

To decorate:

Ready to roll icing

6 heaped tbsp of icing sugar

1-2 tsp of water

You'll Need

Cupcake tray

Cupcake cases

Red and green food colouring

A holly leaf cookie cutter