I have come to the realisation that this year’s twelve bakes thus far has included only one baked good! They have all been no-bake creations. Nothing wrong with that, I feel. But just to even it out, this weeks is a good old oven-baked treat. Simple vanilla cupcakes, with a festive sprinkle of candy cane crumbs.
The original plan was to create a red and white cake batter to match the swirly frosting. But it turns out that achieving the desired rich red colour is rather challenging. It ends up looking a little brown. And therefore like chocolate sponge, but without the chocolate flavour. Also referred to as “disappointment”. So no harm done, I reverted back to a classic vanilla sponge.
This makes 12 cupcakes.
for the cupcakes…
120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120g caster sugar
120g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
12-hole muffin tin
12 cupcake cases
for the topping…
250g unsalted butter, room temperature
500g sifted icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk
2 candy canes, broken into crumbs
red food colouring
piping bag and star nozzle
1/ Preheat oven to 180°C.
2/ Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition. If it begins to curdle, add a tablespoon of flour.
3/ Fold in flour and baking powder until combined, then spoon mixture into a lined muffin tray, filling each case about two thirds.
3/ Bake for 15 – 20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Place on a cooling rack.
4/ To make the frosting, using a hand or stand mixer, combine the butter and vanilla. Mix in the icing sugar a couple of spoons at a time. If you add it all at once, your kitchen will turn into a sticky winter wonderland. Add a dash of milk to loosen the mixture, and whisk for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy.
5/ Divide the mixture into two bowls, and colour one with the red food colouring.
6/ Spoon a couple of dollops of white frosting into one side of the piping bag, and a couple of spoons of the red into the other side, so the the frosting comes out of the nozzle in stripes. Bit like toothpaste!
7/ Once the cakes are cool, frost with a swirl, and sprinkle some candy cane on top!
8/ Scoff the lot or share with friends.
And check out #CAKE’s bakes of Christmas past:
The Twelve Bakes of Christmas 2015
Chocolate Gingerbread Men
Chocolate Orange Truffle Puds
Snowman Marshmallow Pops
Ginger Nut & Salted Caramel Marbled Millionaire Slice
White Chocolate-Dipped Meringue Santa Hats
The Twelve Bakes of Christmas 2013
Snow-Dipped Ginger Snaps
Mini Mince Pies
Stained-Glass Window Biscuits
Speedy Figgy Pudding
Orange Tea Loaf
Peanut Butter Fudge
Festive Sausage Plait
Bûche de Noël