HO HO HO… Classic 🙂
It’s Christmas tomorrow, can’t believe this year is almost reaching an end. I must admit it hasn’t been easy but I am still alive and kicking so let’s get to the baking part 😉
As I am family-less in Aussie land, I will be going to a friend’s family lunch-dinner-pool party, Hells yeah! I will be wearing my Elf Xmas hat in the extreme heat and represent the paradox that is Christmas in full blast summer!
I wasn’t able to do proper or all the planned decorations due to technical difficulties but some are pretty close 🙂 The cases that Ian and Siri gave me last month helped a lot with the theme.
INGREDIENTS ( this recipe should make 24 cupcakes)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups veg oil
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk+1tsp lemon juice, let sit for 5-10 mins)
2 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp red food colouring
1/2 cup hot water
Regular Buttercream (for the trees):
100 gr butter
1 cup icing sugar
green food colouring
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the chocolate Buttercream just add cocoa powder and no colour.
Oven on at 180°
Combine oil and sugar in a bowl. Add both eggs until the colour is even. Add the food colouring, buttermilk and vanilla. As you go along scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour and the cocoa powder, then the hot water. In a small cup, mix baking powder and lemon juice together: the acid in the lemon will react with the bp making it foam, then combine in the batter. The batter at this point will be very very watery, which is absolutely fine! The cupcakes will be very moist and soft once out of the oven. Line the tray with cases and pour the batter (I usually use two spoons but it was particularly liquid so a ladle seemed more appropriate).
Fill 3/4 of the cases and place in the oven for 18-20 mins.
Let them cool completely before putting any frosting on. I made the mistake of being too impatient coupled with the hot morning temperatures and the frosting slid right off the cupcake -.-
[For the trees I used a French tipped Nozzle and piped the middle doing an up-down movement rather than circular.]
As I mentioned I didn’t do much of a Xmas theme for all
Well I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, eat like pigs, start the drinking as a warm up for the New Year, and enjoy your presents.
Ciao for now! xox