Festive cupcakes

Makes 12

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For the cupcakes
140g butter, softened
140g Siúcra Caster Sugar
3 eggs
150g self raising flour
20g cocoa powder
Zest 1 orange
1tbsp milk

For the buttercream
400g Siúcra Icing Sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp mil


1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4. Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the Siúcra Caster Sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.

3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, orange zest and milk. Mix until just combined. Spoon the mix into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

4. In a large bowl, beat together all the ingredients for the buttercream until smooth. Add extra milk if the icing is too thick.

5. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag with a round nozzle. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes.

Reindeer cupcakes: Roll some Siúcra White Roll Out Icing to 5mm thick and cut out an 8cm circle. Take some roll out icing and knead in some cocoa powder into the icing until you reach your desired reindeer colour. Roll the brown icing to 5mm thick and cut out a 4cm circle, using a paintbrush and some water, stick it to the bottom half of the white circle. Take 2 small pieces of brown icing and roll them into little balls. Stick these to the sides of the brown circle and using the back of the paintbrush, make a small indent for the ears. With the remaining brown icing, add some more cocoa powder to make it slightly darker. Roll the darker icing out and cut out two antler shapes with a sharp knife. Stick the antlers between his ears. Take some roll out and knead in some red food colouring. Roll the red icing into a small ball and stick it to the bottom of the brown circle for the nose. With the leftover dark brown icing, roll two tiny balls for the eyes and stick them just above the red nose. Place the disk on top of the iced cupcake.

Christmas pudding cupcake: Take some Siúcra Roll Out Icing, knead in some red and yellow food colour and add small drop of blue food colour to create dark brown roll out. Roll the brown icing to 5mm thick and cut out an 8cm circle. Drape the brown icing on top of the cupcake and smooth it over the sides to make a dome shape. Roll out some white roll out icing; use a medium star cutter to cut out a star shape. Use your fingers to round out the points of the star. With a paintbrush and some water, stick the star to the top of the cupcake and smooth over the sides of the star. Colour some white roll out icing with green food colouring. Use a holly leaf cutter to cut out two leaves and stick them with a little water to the white star on top. Colour some roll out icing with red food colouring and roll out 3 small balls of red for the berries. Stick these to the center of the two leaves on top. 

Santa Claus cupcakes: Take some Siúcra Roll Out Icing and add a drop of yellow food colouring to create an ivory colour. Roll the ivory icing to 5mm thick and cut out an 8cm circle. For his hat, take some roll out and add a few drops of red food colour. Knead the colour into the icing until the icing is red; add more red until you reach your desired colour. Roll out the red icing and cut out a crescent shape. Stick it to the top of the ivory circle with a little water. Roll out a sausage of white roll out icing and stick it to the bottom edge. Roll a small ball of white icing and stick it to the side of the his hat. For his face, roll out some white icing, cut out a 8cm circle and using a knife, cut a crescent shape at the top of the circle to create Santa’s beard. Stick it to the bottom half of the ivory disk. Roll a small ball of ivory icing for his nose and stick it above his beard. Roll out two tear drop shapes for his mustache. Roll out two tiny balls of icing for his eyes, stick them to his face and paint them with a little black food colouring. Finally, roll out two tiny sausages of white roll out for his eyebrows. Place on top of your iced cupcakes.

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