With a little more than 2 weeks to go until we all find out if we have made it on to the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ lists, it is a good time to bake some Christmas inspired cakes.
Last week I made some chocolate and peppermint cupcakes, a really easy way to make some yummy cakes with some flavours of Christmas. I made some chocolate cakes, which I topped with a white chocolate and peppermint frosting, using some candy canes I had in my cupboard already. Then I made some homemade Christmas chocolates to decorate my cakes with, using some moulds I had been sent from Lakeland. These took very little time to make , so if you fancy having a go here is how I made my Chocolate & Peppermint Christmas Cupcakes.
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 175g self raising flour
- 25g good quality cocoa powder
- 4 eggs
- 100g white chooclate, melted
- 1 tub of Betty Crocker ready made vanilla buttercream
- 3 peppermint candy canes , bashed with a rolling pin to make crumbs
- 1 Lakeland 2 part silicone Christmas chocolate mould set
- 150g white chocolate
- 150g milk chocolate
- Pre heat the oven to 180 oC/160 oC fan
- Beat together the butter and sugar until soft and creamy
- Add the eggs and a spoonful of the flour and beat for a few more minutes
- Then fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder
- Divide the batter between your 16 cup cake paper cases
- Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until cooked through
- Remove and allow to cool thoroughly
- Melt the white and milk in 2 seperate bowls
- Pour into the moulds to make 8 of each chocolates
- Place in the fridge to set for a couple of hours (or the freezer if you are short on time)
- Place the buttercream, peppermint bits and melted white chocolate into a bowl and mix well
- Pour into 2 piping bags (Unless you have a large one) and pipe onto your cakes once they have cooled completely
- Top each cake with one of the chocolate shapes
These were really nice cakes, not too sweet or sickly as I was told by one of the ladies at my playgroup ! I think peppermint and chocolate work really well together and topping each cake with a homemade chocolate adds a lovely finishing touch. These would make wonderful gifts for a teacher or a family member or friend – or even, just even – for you!!!
I was sent some goodies from Lakeland for the purpose of a review. The 2 Piece Silicone Christmas Chocolate Mould set is very easy to use and clean, and if you did not want to make cupcakes to present them on, why now make some and place in a gift bag, like these star treat bags, to give to someone special this Christmas?