I was in a famous High Street Bakery this morning, cheating with K’Boo’s lunch box …. The sandwiches I’d made last night and put in the fridge in a clear sealed bag had ‘mould’ on – grim! I was so peeved, but had to get her off to school and as using the same bread was clearly not an option – instead of doing a shopping trip, I dashed off to the bakery for a quick lunch box fix.
Sausages rolls are always a safe bet and I’m sure she’d appreciate the change from sandwiches, so that was choice no.1. Looking for a sweet treat, I didn’t stop at the gingerbread men or ginger Christmas trees, or gingerbread smiley faces (for pities sake, where’s the originality there – same biscuit dough – different coloured icing!). My eyes instead were fixed on the fairy cakes with icing and sprinkles and a novelty ring of Santa or Rudolph plonked in the top – they were cute, but not exactly carefully or skillfully put together and for a box of 6, they cost £2.40 (how much????). I shouldn’t complain, they were also charged at 65p each, if you wanted less than 6!
You see, the HonieMummy in me was telling myself over and over “I could do a better job, for a less myself” – but I was in there for a quick lunch box fix, wasn’t I?!?
So lunch delivered, with sliced apples and fruit juice added to the box of goodies, I decided that today’s Tips and Tricks had to be ….
Christmas Fairy Cup Cakes
But it wasn’t just going to do a ‘cheap’ recipe – these cakes are extremely lush and the cake recipe is from ‘The Primrose Bakery’ based in Primrose Hill, North London (baker to the ‘Stars’). Then the added toppings are from my own recipe of buttercream and with novelties added.
This is a really easy recipe and great fun & learning for the kids to get involved. They can measure, mix, spoon the cake mixture and also help to decorate the cakes later!
You Will Need:
For Vanilla cupcakes (that are actually a
little lottle bit lush)
- 110g unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 225g golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs (free range organic)
- 150g self rasing flour (sifted)
- 125 plain flour (sifted)
- 120ml semi-skimmed milk (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (good quality)
- 12 cupcake cases (Christmassy design or a mix of colours like red, green, gold, silver)
- Vanilla or chocolate buttercream (single quantity) from HoniesKitchen recipe
- Novelties like cracker toys or ….. you can follow instructions to make Rudloph topping below.
- Willing children to help you make and decorate the cakes and to taste them later
- Preheat the oven to 160 C (fan) 18o C / 350 F / Gas 4
- Put cupcake cases in a 12-hole muffin/cake tray
- In a large mixing bowl cream the butter an the sugar together until pale and smooth (3-5 mins with an electric mixer).
- Add the eggs one at a time mixing for a couple of minutes after adding each one.
- Combine the two flours in a seperate bowl. Put the milk in a jug and ad the vanilla extract to it.
- Add one third of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour one third of the milk and beat again. Repeat until all of the flour and milk is added.
- Spoon the mixture carefully into the case with a teaspoon, about two thirds full.
- Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown. To check they are ready insert a skewer on one of the cakes – it should come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and leave in muffin tin for about 10 minutes, before lifting cases out and placing on a wire rack to cool.
- Once cool add topping and decorate with novely toy or Rudolph design (below)
Rudloph Topping Design
You will need:
- Single quantity of chocolate buttercream from HoniesKitchen
- a Cadbury’s Curly Wurly
- 12 glace cherries – or red candy/sweets
- 24 raisins or chocolate drops
- Mix the buttercream as instructed in recipe.
- pipe or spoon equally onto the centre of the cupcakes for the head.
- Pop the glace cherry or red candy/sweet in the centre for the nose.
- Cut the Curly Wurly into 24 pieces, to look like antlers and stand upright at the top of the head.
- Place the raisins or chocolate drops above the nose for the eyes.
I estimated the cost of the cake mixture to be approximately £2.00. Now given there are 12 cakes instead of 6, it’s not rocket science to see that the toppings are not going to cost another £2.40 and there will be left overs to use later – the novelties can be used in tomorrow’s Tips and Tricks!!!! The remaining cherries or sweeties and any Curly Wurly/raisnins or chocolate chip leftovers can be used to make ‘more cakes’ when you realise how delicious they taste and cute they look, or be added to other recipes.
I saw these images of Rudoph cupcakes using pretzels as antlers instead – they look really cute!
Take a look at all of the other Parenting Tips & Tricks for Christmas and you’ll save time, money and pick up some crafty ideas.
Tips and Tricks No. 1 - Cadbury’s White Chocolate Fingers (intro to Tips & Tricks)
Tips and Tricks No. 2 - Advent Treats in Organza Bags
Tips & Tricks No. 3 - Recycling Christmas Cards into Gift Tags
Tips & Tricks No. 4 - Hand Painted Christmas Wreaths
Tips & Tricks No. 5 - Clear the Clutter
Tips & Tricks No. 6 - Recycling the Cost of Christmas
Tips & Tricks No. 7 - Saving Money on Kids Toys (and Big Boys Toys)
Tips & Tricks No. 8 - Gift Bag it!
Tips & Trick No. 9 - Christmas Fairy Cup Cakes
Tips & Tricks No. 10 - Cookies with Love
Tips & Tricks No. 11 - Children’s Christmas Parties (and Tea Parties)
Tips & Tricks No. 12 - Lets Swop Toys!
N.B. The HonieMummy Blog is a Nestle Free Zone as their methods promote poverty in 3rd World Countries – The Nestle Boycott is suported and encouraged by leading Children’s Charities such as the NCT and UNICEF – for this reason, I do not encourage the use of ‘Smarties’ in your Rudolph design, but instead to use a ‘similar’ shape or style of candy/sweet – as long as they are red and bright, you have your nose
“Please try to avoid Nestle Products over the Christmas period in a effort to support these and other children’s charities and to reduce the need to supply aid for un-necessary reasons. Whilst the products are offered at competitive prices over Christmas – you might save now – but then if you contribute to children’s charities you are paying a higher price later – but no more than the price a child will have to pay, possibly with their lives! Thank you.”