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Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes


Nothing says 'Christmas' like these festive treats. The kids will love making these cute cupcakes as a fun holiday activity.

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  • Prep Time : 20 mins |
  • Cook Time : 20 mins
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Dry Ingredients

1 C (250 ml) cake flour
1 C (250 ml) granulated brown sugar
½ C (125 ml) cocoa powder
1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
½ tsp (2,5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt

Wet Ingredients

2 large Nulaid Free Range Eggs, room temperature
½ C (125 ml) buttermilk
½ C (125 ml) sunflower oil
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 ml) instant coffee
½ C (125 ml) hot water


½ C (125 ml) butter, at room temperature
2 C (500 ml) icing sugar, sifted
1 ½ tsp (7,5 ml) vanilla extract
1 Tbsp (15 ml) milk
green food colouring as needed


Edible baubles
Gold dust (optional)
Icing sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Dry Ingredients

Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl and whisk lightly to combine.

Wet Ingredients

Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla to another bowl and whisk together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in three batches, mixing in-between to combine.

Add the instant coffee to the hot water and then add this to the the batter; mix to incorporate, ensuring that you scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 18-21 minutes. A skewer or cake tester should come out clean.


Add the room temperature butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth. Gradually add in sifted icing sugar in small batches until fully incorporated.

Add the vanilla extract and milk and mix for about 3 minutes. Add liquid food colouring drops or a measure of powdered food colouring to the icing and mix until incorporated, ensuring that you scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add until the desired colour is reached.

Add the icing to a piping bag fitted with a 1M nozzle. Pipe up into a Christmas tree shape, then dust in a little icing sugar and edible gold powder (if you want your trees to have a snowy look) alternatively, simply decorate as is.