North Pole Red Velvet Cupcakes

16 Jan

I saw these online and thought they would be just fantastic for our kids Christmas lunch… So Thomas and I donned our Christmas aprons and reindeer antler headbands and set to work.

I purchased some very special santa cupcake wrappers and some edible glitter crystals to sprinkle on top and they were a perfect addition to our gingerbread house.

I did cheat a bit with this one and used a can of frosting… We’re all a bit time poor at Christmas…

The recipe was easy and very tasty.

Ingredients

  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp red food colouring ( I ended up using about 4 teaspoons of colouring)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line eighteen 80ml (1/3 cup) capacity muffin pans with paper cases. Sift flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir through the sugar. Whisk the buttermilk, butter, eggs, vinegar and vanilla in a large jug until combined. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk mixture. Stir until just combined. Stir in the food colouring.
  2. Divide the mixture among the lined pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    The recipe suggested a cream cheese frosting but we just used a butter cream one in a can and sprayed it on :-).

    To decorate:

    Sprinkle some glitter on top of the frosting

    Cut the curve off candy canes and attach a red m&m to the top using icing. Poke candy canes into cupcake at an angle. Use some rolled out fondant to make some small rectangles and write “North Pole” on with an edible pen available from cake decorating shops.

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