Sunday, 12 December 2010

Christmas baking: Mint Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes.

Hey, so Christmas is getting even closer with only a couple of weeks to go and I still haven't baked any where near the amount of Christmassy treats I planned to bake in preparation. Although it seems that when I do bake something anyway it doesn't last very long before it's eaten so I might as well give in on trying to be prepared.

This week though I baked some Christmassy candy cane cupcakes as I found the cutest little mini candy canes that I knew would look adorable on top of a cup cake.

And here they are: 

To make them you just need to follow the basic chocolate cupcake recipe (featured earlier on this blog) Then when you have the batter mix in 100g plain chocolate chopped into chunks and 2 tsps of Peppermint flavoring. Then pour batter into cake cases and bake at 170 deg C for about 20 mins.

For the butter cream use 250g Icing Sugar, 85g Butter and blend together with 1 1/2 tsp of peppermint flavouring and milk, adding a few drops at a time until you have the right consistency. Pipe over the cooled cakes. Then for the messy bit take a few mint candy canes and place in a small bag or under some greaseproof paper and bash with a rolling pin till crushed into tiny pieces, then sprinkle over the cakes and top with a mini candy cane if you have one or if not a piece of broken regular size candy cane will work.

And that's it! Now I'm off to bake tiny gingerbread cookies with these really cute cookie cutters I found and to make boyfriend draw me some templates for a gingerbread house.

I'm also going looking for more presents. Is it just me or does anyone else absolutely adore wrapping presents? I actually feel sad when I've finished with wrapping them all as I want to wrap more! I've found these adorable gift bags this year too with 50's pin up girls in Christmas suits which look great. I can't wait to give all my presents out (and of course receive some!) so what are you all wishing for this Christmas?

Bye for now and get baking for Christmas

Cupcake Kris xxx


Jen said...

Hmmm cant wait to try these! I have a few candy canes that my 2 year old helpfully broke :)

cupcakegirl said...

Im sure your two year old had the same idea, that must have been why he broke them hehehe

Brownieville Girl said...

They look so pretty!

I have the same problem here - 2 puddings and a Christmas cake gone already!!

cupcakegirl said...

I know, sometimes I feel like a factory line