Adventures in Food… Christmas Cupcake Making

Today I went to a complete cupcake workshop held at the local college. I booked it way back in June or July, as I really wanted to do the one in April but it got booked up. So as soon as I saw a Christmas themed one I booked on.

It was great fun and much easier than I thought it would be. We started off by making the cake mix using an all in one method. This meant putting all the ingredients into a bowl and then using the mixer to whiz it all together. I have never done this before. I’m used to creaming the butter and sugar together, then adding the eggs and then folding in the flour. But this could be done and in the oven in less than 5 minutes!

After 15-20 minutes in the oven they came out a nice golden brown.

We then made the butter cream. This bit took longer than I expected as we mixed it for 15 minutes! But it created an amazingly light cream.

I then used the butter cream to create domes on a few of the cupcakes.

The using cutters prepared the fondant icing to lay on top.

Also the smaller shapes to use on just butter cream topped cupcakes.

We made each cupcake at a time starting with Rudolph.

Then a Holly Wreath.

Then a Happy Xmas Banner.

Then a final fondant one – Santa!

Then I did three cupcake using piped butter cream with decorations on top.

It was a great day and I enjoyed making the cupcakes and putting together the decorations. We used quite a few bits of equipment, but several pieces could be used for other things. The easiest was the Rudolph as it was all shaped by hand and a rolling pin. Others need specific shape cutters and presses, but you could get them fairly cheaply we were told. Other things like glitter, paint, dusting powder and sprinkles were also used and easy to find. All of these were quite complicated and if I was doing a batch at home I would only do a few like this and make other designs less complicated. I think the colours used are the most important part and make the theme.

I will definitely be trying these out again and might even sign up to do another themed workshop next year!


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