Rudolph Cupcakes

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Yield:  12 cupcakes     Time:  45 minutes (plus cooling time)


for the chocolate cupcakes

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g golden caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
1 medium egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g milk chocolate chips

for the reindeer tops

a few tablespoons of Nutella
mini amaretti biscuits
white chocolate buttons (optional)
dark chocolate chips
plain pretzels
red M&Ms


Heat the oven to 170C.

Line a 12-cup muffin tray with muffin cases.

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a bowl.  Add the sugar and butter, and mix until combined and you have a sandy consistency.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla in a jug, and slowly pour half into the flour mixture until combined, then repeat with the second half.  Be careful not to over mix.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Spoon into the waiting muffin cases and bake for 18-22 minutes until a knife comes out clean.  Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool fully.
  5. Top each cooled muffin with a tablespoon of Nutella and spread out with a fork until you have a fur pattern.
  6. Place mini amaretti biscuits at the bottom of each as a muzzle, with a red M&M as a nose, and white chocolate buttons topped with dark chocolate chips as eyes.  A couple of pretzels at the top give them their antlers!


Cupcake recipe adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, p17.


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    Camille xo

  2. Thank you so much, Ciara! I just checked out your blog and followed on Bloglovin', I like it a lot!

  3. Thank you, Camille!! That's so nice to hear. Your blog's lovely, too! I've followed back on Bloglovin', I'm always so happy to meet new foodies! x



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