Christmas snowmen cupcakes - recipe

Christmas snowmen cupcakes

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, 350°F, gas mark 4). Place paper cases in a 12 hole bun tin.

  2. 2

    Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and creamy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
  3. 3

    Gradually beat in the egg then stir in the flour, baking powder and vanilla extract until smooth.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • Vanilla extract a few drops
  4. 4

    Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden. Place on a wire rack to cool.

  5. 5

    For the decoration, dust a work surface with icing sugar and roll out the sugar paste icing to about 5mm/¼” thick. Cut out 12 circles using a small pastry cutter, a little smaller than the top of the cakes.

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  6. 6

    Mix the apricot jam with the hot water and brush over the surface of the cakes and stick the circles of fondant on top. Attach the marshmallows for the snowmen’s heads, with a little of the apricot jam.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 4 tbsp Apricot glaze
    • 12 Marshmallows white
  7. 7

    Roll the remaining sugar paste icing into small balls for the noses. Brush lightly with apricot jam and roll in the coconut. Attach to the faces using a dab of apricot jam.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 1 tbsp Dessicated coconut
  8. 8

    Pipe a little black decorating icing for the eyes and red decorating icing for the mouths. Using a dab of apricot jam, stick on the edible silver baubles for buttons. Wrap the strawberry belts around the marshmallows for scarves.

    For this step you'll need:

    • Designer icing (black)
    • Designer icing (red)
    • Silver balls to decorate
    • Sweets strawberry laces

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