Less than a week to go until the big day; is everyone else as excited as we are? If you're looking for a way to use up some of that extra energy from the pre-Christmas anticipation, or you'd like a family activity to help distract the kids, then fear not! We have another festive recipe coming your way today, courtesy of Amy over at Baking With Granny.
We've brought you festive bread, biscuits and confectionery, so we thought it was about time that we featured a classic cupcake recipe, which is always a popular treat with adults and kids alike. As cupcakes go, they don't get much more festive than these delectable gingerbread delights, which combine Christmas spices and charm in neat little packages!
These cakes are an ideal way to incorporate your favourite flavours into a bake that isn't as commonly made at Christmas, and it's also far less stressful than trying to put together a gingerbread house!
To see Amy's full recipe, and to browse more of her tasty Christmas bakes, click here
For the Cupcakes
- 150g of Butter (room temp)
- 150g of Self-Raising Flour
For the Icing
- 200g of Butter (room temp)
Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 170C, and line your cupcake tray with 10 cases
Step 2 - In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
Step 3 - Sift flour and spices in a separate bowl.
Step 4 - Add One egg into the butter and sugar mixture, until well combined. Add a third of the flour and spices, alternating with the rest of the eggs and flour mixture. This prevents the ingredients from separating.
Step 5 - Following this, add the treacle and milk until just combined.
Step 6 - Using an ice cream scoop, fill each case until they are 1/3 full.
Step 7 - Bake for around 20 mins, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
To Make the Icing:
Step 1 - In your mixer, combine icing sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy.
Step 2 - Add the caramel and cinnamon for flavour (optional).
Step 3 - Pipe the icing on top of cooled cupcakes, and finish with decorations of your choice, such as mini gingerbread men or crushed biscuits.
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