Thursday, 22 December 2016

Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes

The other day I really fancied cupcakes so I thought I'd make some Christmas themed ones. I decided to make a simple vanilla cupcake recipe, but make it even more festive by adding Peppermint and Candy Canes to some, and making the others into mini Santa Claus'. These are the perfect cupcakes to get you in the holiday mood; I think mint cupcakes would be fab all-year-round (but perhaps using green food colouring instead and different decorations). Keep reading to find out how I made mine.

For the cupcakes:

  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 180g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 160g Plain Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 160ml Milk
  • Cupcake cases of your choice
For the icing:
  • 500g Icing Sugar
  • 250g Unsalted Butter
  • 2tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1tsp Peppermint Extract
  • A few drops of Pink Food Colouring
  • A few drops of Red Food Colouring
  • Crushed candy canes
For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c and line your cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake cases
  2. In a large bowl, cream together your butter and sugar until the mix is light and fluffy
  3. Add in your vanilla extract and your egg and mix
  4. Fold in your flour and baking powder, then slowly add your milk beating as you go until your mixture is smooth
  5. Spoon your mixture evenly into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool
To decorate:
  1. For the icing, mix together all the ingredients until smooth
  2. Transfer your icing into a piping bag, or make your own with a zip-lock bag and snipping off a tiny corner
  3. Pipe your icing onto the cupcakes and decorate how you fancy
I hope you enjoyed making these Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes as much as I did. They are festive and minty without being too extreme for the tastebuds. They made me feel really Christmassy and my house smelt so good after baking these! Thank you for reading,

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