Blogmas Day 15 - Bake With Me! Snowflake Cupcakes

Hi Guys and welcome to Blogmas Day 15!

If you have been following my Blogmas posts this year, you may recall Day 3, where I made some gingerbread Christmas cupcakes. Well, you can never have too much food when it comes to Christmas right? You can never have too much food any time of the year actually. So, here I am with another Christmas cupcake variation. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

100g Self-Raising Wholemeal Flour
100g Plain Flour
50g Finely Ground Hazelnuts
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
100g Caster Sugar
120g Butter, melted
100ml Milk
2 Eggs

To decorate:
1 Tbsp Cornflour
2 Tsp Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
125ml Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
75g Unsalted Butter
75g Icing Sugar
Edible snowflakes


Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/gas 4.

2) Mix both flours with the nuts, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder and  bicarbonate of soda.

3) In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and melted butter.

4) Stir into your dry mixture and gradually add in the milk until you have a consistency that drops off of the spoon.

5) Place paper cases into a 12 hole baking tray and spoon the mixture out evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes until you can put a knife down the middle and it comes out clean.


6) For the cream, mix the cornflour with the sugar and egg yolks until smooth.

7) Heat the milk and stir into the other ingredients.

8) Heat the mixture in a pan, stirring continuously, until thickened.

9) Pour into a clean bowl and leave to cool. Make sure to stir occasionally.

10) Whilst this is cooling, beat the butter until soft. Sift in the icing sugar and mix well.

11) Beat in the cooled cream and the vanilla extract until everything is combined.

12) Spoon your cream into a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle, and pipe onto each cupcake. Decorate with edible snowflakes, or however you wish to decorate them, and they're good to go!


I love these cupcakes; they are very subtle and perfect for a little Christmas treat. Please be sure to share your recreations with me if you do decide to give these a try yourself. Head over to my social media, which will be linked below as always, so that you never miss a new post. 9 sleeps to go...

Catch you tomorrow for day 16!


Disclaimer: I did not come up with these recipes, these are just my recreations. The original recipe is from the "Cupcake Book for Girls" from igloobooks.com. Yes, it's a kids book, but hey!
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