Gingerbread Flavored Rudolph Cupcakes.

15 Dec 2014

Today I thought I'd share with you a recipe for a delicious and fun treat for you to enjoy this Christmas. I tried this last year just as chocolate cakes but I thought I'd step it up a Christmas gear and make them gingerbread flavored; a flavor I can't get enough of at Christmas (all hail the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte!). It's such a quick and easy recipe and one that I know you'll love!

Ingredients.

For the cakes:

  •  (140g/5oz)Unsalted butter 
  • 200g/7oz golden caster sugar
  • 60g/2¼oz golden syrup
  • 60g/2¼oz black treacle
  • 300g/10½ plain flour
  • 240ml/8½oz warmed milk
  • 2 free range eggs  
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 2sp baking powder 
  • 1tsp salt 

For Decoration:

  • 80g/3oz Unsalted Butter
  • 160g/6oz Icing Sugar
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • Bit Chocolate buttons
  • Pretzel crisps/ chocolate pretzels
  • small red sweets(jelly tots or smaties are great)
  • dark chocolate drops

Method.

  1. Set the oven for 190°C/ Gas Mark 5
  2. Beat the butter & sugar until light and creamy before beating in the treacle, syrup, eggs and egg yolks until all combined.
  3. Sift the flour, ginger,nutmeg,baking powder & salt and add half of this mixture to the butter mixture. 
  4. After warming the milk, add half to the mixture and beat until well combined.
  5. Add the remaining flour & warm milk and beat again.
  6. Spoon the mixture into cake cases of choice- it should make about 15 cakes depending on the size.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are well risen and lightly firm.
  8. Remove once slightly cool and place on cooling rack.
  9. After weighing out the sugar, take out two tbsp and replace with the cocoa powder before gradually adding the mixture to the butter and creaming together to make a chocolate butter cream.
  10. Finally, add the butter cream, chocolate button and red sweet for the nose, pretzels for ears and chocolate drops for eyes.
Et Voila! A delicious treat for you and the family at christmas!
Are you going to be baking this christmas?
Hope you're doing great,


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