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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Christmas Sprinkles & Candy Cane Cupcakes

As the festive season is nearly upon us, I thought these little Christmas cupcakes would be appropriate. The candy canes are very simple to make with a little white fondant and red fondant. The Christmas sprinkles add that finishing touch and can be purchased in most supermarkets.
Christmas Sprinkles & Candy Cane Cupcakes
Makes 12 medium cupcakes
175g (6 oz) Self-raising flour
175g (6 oz) softened butter
175g (6 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk For
The Icing
110g (4 oz) icing sugar, sieved
1 egg white - see note
Few drops of lemon juice
Approximately 50g (2 oz) white fondant Icing, for the candy canes
Edible red food colouring
Sugar Christmas sprinkles
12 foil baking cups – I used Wilton Gold
Preheat oven 200°C/fan oven 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Line a cupcake tin with 12 foil cupcake cases.
In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the beaten egg, milk and vanilla extract a little at a time to the mixture until all combined. Fold in the flour making sure all the mixture is smooth and well combined together.
Place approx a dessertspoon of the mixture into each cupcake case (I like mine to be no more than three quarters full of mixture).
Place into the preheated oven on a middle shelf for 15 – 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and golden in colour. You can also check by using a skewer inserted into the middle of a cake, when it comes out clean the cakes will be cooked. Place the cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool.
For The Candy Canes. Divide the fondant icing into two and with the red colour paste add a little onto a cocktail stick and then onto the half of fondant icing. Work the fondant until the colour is an even red colour and roll into a sausage shape. Take the white fondant icing and roll this into a sausage shape too. Lay each sausage of red and white fondant side by side and pinch together at each end. Twist the strands gently so they resemble candy canes then cut into lengths and curve one end.
For the icing: In a bowl place the sieved icing sugar and add few drops of lemon juice and egg white. Beat until the icing becomes smooth and a good spreadable consistency. Take a teaspoon of icing and ice each cake then sprinkle on the Christmas sprinkles and add a candy cane in the middle.
Note: You can find the Christmas sprinkles in most supermarkets. I used Edible Sugar Flare colour paste in this recipe. You could always use powdered egg white for the icing if you do not want to use fresh egg white.


sagari said...

lovelyy and beautifull cupcakes

Maria said...

WOW oh WOW these are so gorgeous, i love them! I will be making my Candy Cane cake soon and after seeing your cupcakes i can't wait now ;o)


Jeena said...

Great cupcakes Rosie I love the candy cane they are so christmas-y arn't they. :)

Rosie said...

Hi Sagria,
Many thanks for your lovely comment on my cupcakes :)

Hi Maria
I can't wait to view your candy cane cake too :)

Hi Jeena
Thanks, I really enjoy baking Christmas themes adds fun to the items with a little glitter or a few sprinkles heehee :)

Many thanks ladies for popping by and as always your wonderful comments :)

Rosie x

MrsB said...

Hi Rosie, your candy cane cupcakes look so great, I love the candy canes on top they look very effective! :) Enjoy eating them! x

thepassionatecook said...

hello, i've been looking for your email address everywhere... so trying a comment instead: we are organising this year's menu for hope for the uk - if you'd like to participate, please get in touch and i will send you more information! (alternatively, find more info on my blog!)
it would be great if you could participate!

Happy cook said...

This is the second recipe i have to try from your blog. If you go on like this i won't be able to catch up ;-)

Chawanmushi said...

Hi Rosie
These are truly lovely. You have given me ideas on how to do my X'mas cupcakes. Thanks for sharing it here :-)

Rosie said...

Thanks for all your kind comments :)

I am pleased to have shared here an idea for Christmas cupcakes and they are truly easy to make. I hope you all enjoy your own versions of these cupcakes as much I did making mine!

Thanks for calling by my Blog :)

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Hi rosie i came to your blog to ask you a question and then i saw the humming bird ;-)
What i wanted to aske was, i m going to make this cupcake, and for the icing you didnt' write in the recipe when to have to add the eggwhites, is it together with the icing sugar.

Rosie said...

Hi H.C. sorry I wrote water instead of egg white for the icing. I have now amended the typo and many thanks for letting me know sweetie :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Happy cook said...

No worries, I will make the icing now. I am using fresh egg whites as i have not seen egg white powder here.
Will post them soon.
Actually my daughter ate a cake when she came home. Sh thought it was delicius even without the icing, but she is looking forward to see the iced cup cake when i showed her the pic.
She is gone for her orchestra lseeons now. She wil be wery pleased when she sees the finished cup cake :-)

Rosie said...

Hi H.C. I use fresh egg whites as no illness or nursing mums here. Pleased your daughter liked the sponge and I can't wait to view the iced cupcakes I know they'll be brilliant!!

How lovely your daughter taking orchestra lessons. I do enjoy listening to that kind of music.

Hugs Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Hello Rosie made your cute cupcakes and they were fabulous.
I am so pleased that it turned out well.
Hi hi i have seen a another cake which i want to try.
Hee is the link to check out your creation my way

Rosie said...

Hi H.C your cupcakes look amazing sweetie and I adore your candy canes!! Thank you SO much for trying out my recipe I am very honoured :)

Best wishes Rosie x