It’s Christmas! Well nearly anyway, and if we want to have a Christmas celebration with our friends before the end of term we are all going to have to start a little early. I made these cute snowmen cupcakes last year for my family and they were really fun to make. So why not put on the Christmas music, invite a few friends over, and get baking. Not sure what the forecast looks like so far but here’s hoping it’s a white Christmas this year!
4 oz/113g Sugar
4 oz/113g Margarine
8 oz/226g Self raising flour
3-4 drops vanilla essence
Approx. 3/4 packet ready to roll Icing
Icing sugar and cold water
White pearl cake decorations or silver balls
Red, yellow and black food colouring, other colours can be used for the scarf.
1. Cream together the sugar and margarine in a mixing bowl
2. Break the eggs into a cup and whisk with a splash of milk.
3. Gradually add the flour and eggs to the sugar and margarine, mixing well.
4. Add a few drop drops of vanilla essence.
5. Spoon into muffin cases and place on a baking tray.
6. Bake in the oven at 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5 for approx. 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to cool.
7. Roll out a piece of the (ready to roll) icing, large enough to cover the top of a cupcake. You may need to stick it to the top of the cake using a little icing sugar and water.
8. Roll a piece of the icing into a ball, to make the head of the snowman and stick this to the cupcake (again using a little of the icing sugar/water mix).
9. Next you need to make a scarf for your snowman. Take a small piece of the ready to roll icing and colour it with a very small amount of food colouring. Remember that a little food colouring goes a long way! Roll the piece of icing into a sausage shape and then flatten it using a small rolling pin. Wrap it around the neck of your snowman and stick it down.
10. Now to make the orange you will need to mix together a little of the red and yellow food colouring in a bowl. Make a small carrot out of the icing again colouring it with a small amount of the dye mix, then stick it to the head using a tiny dot of the runny icing. You may need to hold it in place for a moment until it is secure.
11. Next make a hat for your snowman using the roll out icing. I chose to model my hats on the floppy style that the snowman wears in Raymond Briggs’ children’s book. You can have any colour of hats you like. Again you may need to use a little of the icing sugar/water mix to stick the hat to the snowman’s head.
12. Take a cake tester (or a cocktail stick) and dip it into the black food colouring. Then use this to poke small holes into the head of the snowman, creating a face.
13. Finally stick three of the white pearl cake decorations (or silver balls) onto the body of the snowman, in a row, like buttons.
Now all that’s left is to tuck in and enjoy these delicious Christmas themed cupcakes. Merry Christmas everyone!