RECIPE for Festive Snowman Cupcakes
In the run-up to Christmas, we have some tasty recipes for you... you just have to try these adorable festive Snowman Cupcakes! There's nothing more delightful than tasty cupcakes and even better when they look fantastic too. This Christmas period, we'll get you started with some wonderful baking ideas with this easy recipe. They may look tricky but we promise you it's really simple and you won't be disappointed.
Whether you bring them to your work Christmas party or share with your family, they're guaranteed to bring festive smiles to everyone's faces... even the old Office scrooge!
Ingredients - Muffins:
caster sugar 200g
vegetable oil 200ml
eggs 2 medium
vanilla extract ½ tsp
plain flour 200g
cocoa powder 20g
bicarbonate of soda
½ heaped tsp natural yogurt
Ingredients - Icing:
white marshmallows 150g
full-fat soft cheese
250g vanilla extract
½ tsp double cream 75ml, whipped
white marshmallows 12, medium
black icing pen
candied peel 12 pieces
M&M’s 36, of different colours
Matchmakers 12, snapped in half
To make the icing, melt the marshmallows in the milk over a very low heat. Stir to stop them from sticking – be careful not to burn the mix. Spoon into a bowl and cool completely. Meanwhile, whip the cheese with the vanilla until smooth. When the marshmallow mixture is cool, fold together, then fold in the whipped double cream and chill for at least an hour.
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases. Beat together the sugar and oil, then beat in the eggs one at a time, adding the vanilla with the second egg.
Mix the flour, cocoa, and bicarb, then add half to the oil mixture. Beat in well before adding the yogurt. Add the remaining dry ingredients. Divide between the cases and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Put the marshmallow icing into a piping bag, snip off the end, and pipe without a nozzle straight onto the top of the cupcakes to make the snowmen’s bodies.
Draw a face on each marshmallow with black icing, stick in a bit of peel for the noses then pop on top of the icing. Add M&M’s for buttons and halved Matchmakers for the arms. For more information on this fabulously festive recipe, head on over to Olive Magazine!