Monday, December 14

Easy Bake - Snowmen Cupcakes

With Christmas fast approaching iv started to get into the baking mood. However I'm not great at baking or decorating at all so I'm all about the simple quick recipes. 
This really is a kid friendly recipe and the charm of the cakes is the messiness of it. No snowman is perfect so why should the cakes be, well that's my excuse anyway. These make the perfect little gifts for a lunch box treat or to give to loved ones (if they look much nicer than mine!).

This recipe is enough for 24 cupcakes or 12 cupcakes and one big snowman cake. What you will need:

Cake Mixture
250g self raising Flower
250g of unsalted Butter
250g of caster sugar
4 Eggs
4 table spoons of Milk
TSB of Vanilla Extract

Topping
I have left the amounts up to yourself, make as little or as much butter icing as you want. Make sure to use 1:1 for the butter and sugar.
Icing Sugar
Butter
Red Food colouring 2/3 drops
Chocolate Cones for eyes and mouth

Other
Cupcake cases (12 or 24)
Cake Tin (optional)
Electric Whisk
Mixing Bowl
Icing Bowl
Teaspoon x2
Piping bag (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to about 180.

Start by putting all the cake mixture into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk for speed. If you find the mixture is to thick for your liking add a little bit of milk drop by drop so you get your correct consistency. If you like doing it the traditional way cream your butter first and slowly introduce the ingredients with milk being last.

Using your teaspoon place the mixture into the cupcake cases then pop into your heated oven for 15-20 minutes. When the cakes are golden at the top pierce with a cocktail stick. Come out clean? Your cupcakes are done, if not return to the oven for a few more minutes keeping a close eye.
To make a large cake follow the same instructions however cooking times will vary on the size of tin you have used. Keep checking in 5 minute intervals using the cocktail stick trick, you don't want to overcook the cake.

Let the cooked cakes cool for 20-30 minutes before decorating. Warm cakes make the butter icing melt which makes the decorating a harder process. Once they are cooled the fun bit can begin.


Whipping up the uncoloured butter icing begin covering the top of the cakes. Using the inside of the spoon to smooth the icing makes it easier. Rotate the cake around the spoon to get an even layer. Try not to use all of the icing, otherwise you will have to whip up a new bath for the nose. With what's left add a few drops of the red colouring to turn it a pinky orange for the carrot nose. Place to one side.

Place two chocolate cones for the eyes at the top of the cupcake, then one down the bottom to make a triangle which will form the start of the mouth. Place the outer smile cones and fill in the gaps with the rest. Using the pre-coloured icing use your teaspoon to gently place it in the centre of the cupcake. The best way to do this without a piping bag is to use another teaspoon and scrap the icing off the first.

Set aside to harden and then your done. Super simple fun cupcakes are now ready to eat.

Will you be making festive treats this year? Let me know down below. Make Sure to tag me if you have a go at these (@umber_phoenix on IG and Twitter) as i would love to see what your turned out like, they cant be any worse than mine. 


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23 comments:

  1. The cupcakes are adorable! A fun activity for the kids :)

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    1. Really good for kids (or big kids ;)) very easy x

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    2. Really good for kids (or big kids ;)) very easy x

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  2. Oh these are gorgeous, you know that I have to make these now, how can I resist!!

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  3. These look fun and super easy, I think my girls would manage by themselves. We like to do some baking for christmas so these would be perfect. Lynn @ more4mums

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    1. Let me know how you get on. There super simple and fun

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  4. These look great. I bet they tasted yummy too.

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  5. The cupcakes look so cute. I tend to bake at Christmas but generally not Christmas themed ones because I am not creative in that sense x

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    1. I'm not good at baking by any sense but this was super simple and fun x

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  6. I love baking sweet treats this time of year! These look amazing!

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  7. These are sp cute! definitely something to try with my daughter x

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  8. They look so cute! Definitely something to try with my daughter at the weekend x

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    1. Let me see your results, I'd love to know how you get on x

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  9. They're adorable! I can't wait to see peoples faces when i make these.

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    1. Let me know when you do. There so simple and fun :)

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  10. They look so cute and would be great for little ones.

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    1. they are perfect for baking with little ones :)

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  11. These cupcakes are so cute, i wanted to do a spot of baking over the next couple of days so I might do these! xo

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  12. These are super cute, I will have to make these with my daughter as cake and helping mummy are her favourite things!

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  13. mmm, looks tasty and super fun to make :D

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