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Thursday, 12 December 2013

RECIPE: VANILLA SNOWFLAKE CUPCAKES.


This weekend I had a friend over to have a bit of a catch up and chin wag and couldn't pass up the opportunity to whip up some cupcakes. I didn't have a huge selections of ingredients in the cupboards so decided to stick with good old faithful vanilla cupcakes and get a little festive with the decorating. All you need for the recipe is some large cupcake cases, a baking tray, baking paper, a piping bag and a snowflake cutter that you can pick up from most craft shops or online for a couple of pounds. 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CUPCAKE:
(Makes 12 large cupcakes) 
 250g Butter, 250g sugar,  250g self raising flour 4 eggs,  2 TSP vanilla extract and 3 TBSP milk.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE DECORATING:
150g butter, 325g icing sugar, 60g white sugar paste, blue food colouring and glitter. 

METHOD:
Firstly pre heat the oven to 190˚C. Then grab a large mixing bowl, add the butter and then beat in the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs. Add the vanilla extract. Fold in the self raising flour until you have a smooth cake mix. If the mix is too stiff add a small amount of milk. Once the mix is made simply separate between the cupcake cases and place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Once the cakes are throughly cooked place on a wire rack to cool. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling start making the decorations! To do this, simply lay out some baking paper and then roll out the white sugar paste evenly until it is as few millimetres thick. You don't want the icing too thin as the delicate design may crack when transferring it to the cupcakes. Once the icing is rolled out simply get your snowflake cutter and cut as many snowflakes as required. Once the snowflakes are cut, lightly brush with water then dust in white glitter. Once the cupcakes have cooled simply mix up some butter and icing sugar, add the blue food colouring and get piping. I used to baby blue food colouring to achieve a pastel icing but regular blue would work just as well, just use a tiny amount. Once iced simply pop your glittery snowflake on top and you are all done. 

These make an adorable little festive treat for people like me who don't enjoy a traditional mince pie and would be a great addition to any party food table over this festive period!
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