Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Cupcakes


Tis the season, for cooking, and baking, and its always an excuse to visit friends... baring gifts. Its weird how this time of year is always a time of gathering, a what better way to give thanks to those around us, by dropping by with delicious looking cupcakes

(Recipe found at


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 
2 large eggs, room temperature 
2 tablespoons red food coloring 
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before decorating.


I bought ready mixed/coloured almond icing and decorated the top of the cupcakes... (the best part of the cupcakes, in my opinion)  


  1. Your cupcakes and photos are BEAUTIFUL! I love the santa one. Did you use fondant?

  2. Thank you :) I used an almond icing, ready mixed in red and green :) couldn't find fondant here in Malta