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Friday, 5 December 2008

Winter Cranberry Cupcakes

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My mum must get so fed up with me. Whenever I pop over to see her, I always take a peek through her cookery books. She has quite a few that I don't have, and some are very old. Just after Christmas last year, I noticed that she had an old Sainsbury's magazine on the coffee table. It had some really good ideas in it and I thought these little snowmen cupcakes were quite cute.

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The cupcake mixture was not from the magazine. Instead I used a standard Victoria sponge recipe and added dried cranberries and Clementine zest to the mixture. You can substitute your favourite cupcake. These make great Christmas cupcakes and have been nicknamed 'melting snowman' cupcakes.

Cranberry CupcakesMakes approx 7-8 medium sized cupcakes

100g/4oz unsalted butter, softened
100g/ 4oz vanilla caster sugar (or use ordinary granulated sugar)
2 large eggs
100g/4oz self raising flour
100g dried sweetened cranberries
Finely grated zest of 1 Clementine

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy - I use an electric hand whisk.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg.

Gently fold in the rest of the flour, followed by the dried cranberries and the Clementine zest. Spoon into well greased muffin cups or paper cupcake cases.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until springy to the touch. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack.

When cool, top with white icing and decorate.

Snowman Decoration
There have been a lot of questions about the icings I used for the snowmen.
I used two different types, a ready made one (fondant in the US)
and some runny icing that was made with icing sugar (powdered sugar in the US) and water.

You will need:
Some ready-to-roll icing or fondant - I used Regalice
Orange food colouring paste to colour some of the ready-to-roll icing orange for the noses
A tube of black icing for the eyes and buttons
Some red Smarties or M&M's for the hat
A couple of cups of icing sugar (powdered sugar) for the bit directly on top of the cupcake

For the head, roll bits of ready-to-roll icing/fondant (I used Regalice) into small balls which are roughly the size of a cherry tomato. Make some smaller balls for the hats.

Using orange food colouring paste, colour some ready-to-roll icing for the carrot noses and score them with a sharp knife to make them look like carrots. You also want a tube of black icing for the eyes/buttons, and some red Smarties or M & M's for the hat.

Pour a couple of cups of icing sugar (powdered sugar) into a bowl and stir in some cold water, a little at a time until you have a spreadable icing - don't make it too runny.
Spread or spoon this onto the cupcake.

Pop on the head and use a little of the icing (the one you made up) to glue on the Smartie, hat and nose. Use the black icing tube for the eyes and buttons.

(Printable Recipe)

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74 comments:

anudivya said...

They are totally adorable... but very tempting too, no mercy for those little snowmen :)

Jan said...

WOW! You are so clever Nic. They look fantastic.

huda said...

so cute, i like it :)

Katie said...

They look adorable - I only feel a litle sorry for them as it looks like they are melting! But they are fantastic.

Jules said...

I love them!

Snooky doodle said...

wow how cute I want to make these too. they re amazing . :)

Aline said...

These ones scream "gone in 10 minutes"!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Nic, these are positively adorable! You are so creative! The only thing is, I'd feel guilty eating the little guys. ;)

Stacey Snacks said...

Nic,
How adorable are these!!!!?????

Too pretty to eat!
Stacey Snacks

M B said...

That looks great... I may make some of those for our Christmas day... kids would love it.
Have a nice day, Margot

Passionate About Baking said...

ou are having too much fun Nic...I love these...orange noses & all! They are priceless, & I'm quite envious of the cranberries too. Am glad you are doing full justice to your Mom's cookbooks...YAY!!

gaga said...

Cute! I don't think I'd be able to eat them because they're so cute.

Julia said...

These are brilliant! I am going to make these for a party I'm having in a few weeks. Thank you for posting such an original idea!!

Lorraine E said...

These look fabulous! I love the snowmen motifs, just adorable :)Lo

Lore said...

They look terrific! Love the idea of a melting snowman on top of the cupcake!!! A+++ for creativity Nic!

nicisme said...

Anudivya - ha ha, you have to attack those heads with your teeth!

Jan - thanks!

Huda - thank you, and thanks for visiting!

Katie - they do look like they are melting, thanks so much!

Jules, thank you!

Snooky - after seeing your creations I know you will do a much better job than me!

Aline - lol, and welcome to my blog!

Susan - they are quite cute, but you gotta do what you gotta do...!!

Stacey - thank you! Actually, all that icing is a bit sickly to eat! Sssshhh!

Margot - thanks - they are quite Christmassy aren't they?

Deeba - you don't get cranberries? Not even dried ones? That's so not fair. :(

Gaga - thank you for visiting!

Julia - thanks so much, I hope you have fun making them!

Lorraine E - thanks, there is something about snowmen that makes people happy!

Lore - aw, thank you!

csquad said...

ooooh he's melting! too cute, too cute!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous!

Sweet Bird said...

These are too cute!

Peabody said...

Those are super cute. What a fun idea.

Medena said...

Sooooo cute! I love the melted snowman look! What a great idea!

Raquel said...

So cute! You are a genius, Nic! Much love, Raquel XO

Kim said...

what a cute idea! thanks for sharing!

-kim
http://www.lovintheoven.com

Holler said...

Hi Nic, I am glad I stumbled across you on Tastespotting. I haven't spoken to you for ages and you seem to have dropped off my bloglist, so I have re-added you.

Your snowmen did make me laugh, they are so brilliant!

giz said...

I'm not seeing the pictures...sniff

Mike said...

nic!

these are amazing! I do have one question though, how do i get the icing to smooth out like the one that you have pictured? thank you very much for the recipe and i will definitely make these for christmas!!

-mike

Eunice said...

I love this! These are tooooo cute! And I would feel completely murderous eating them without restraint :D

Thanks for stopping by my bloggaroo! Awesome to have discovered another great foodblog! Hats off to ya!

nicisme said...

csquad - ha ha!

Chocolate Shavings - thank you!

Sweet Bird - welcome to my blog and thanks!

Peabody - thank you, I thought they were quite cute too.

Medena - thanks so much!

Raquel - I don't know about that, but thanks anyway!

Kim - thank you and also for stopping by!

Holler - thanks for that, and I'm glad I made you laugh!!

Giz - maybe flickr was down?

Mike - thanks! The smooth icing on the top of the cake (under the head) is powdered sugar with a little water added, and poured onto the cake.

Eunice - your blog is awesome with some serious good looking sugary treats, thanks for coming to visit mine!

sunita said...

Those have to be the cutest cupcakes ever, Nic...so , so adorable :-)

Joanna said...

LOVE these snowmen Nic!

Joanna

Maria said...

Nic you are so talented, these cupcakes are absolutely beautiful.

Maria
x

Anne said...

Aww these are so cute!!

Nazarina A said...

These are insanely beautiful and delightful to eat! You are an artist in your own right!

ode2food said...

Aww, just adorable and totally delicious! I've been following your blog for a few months now and am enjoying it!

I am a fellow chilli pepper and chocolate lover.

Grace said...

great gadzooks, these are amazing! some cupcake decorations are over-the-top and too fake to be cute, but your snowmen are absolutely adorable. adorable. if i had even an ounce of artistic talent, i'd make these immediately. for once, i truly think this is something that might be too precious to eat!

Sheryl said...

Hey Nicisme!
I so love your recipes! These capcakes look delicious!!!
There's an award for you on my blog! :)

The Mrs. said...

These cupcakes are just too cute for words!

Lisa said...

Wow, those are so cool! Great job with the decorations and they sound yummy too!

foodbin said...

cute and artistic

Vanille said...

They are very cute, Nic ! And I really like the first picture.

Margaret said...

Very cute!!

Indigo said...

Is this cutest cupcake decorating idea in the whole world? Uh, YES.

Hillary said...

I just love how the snowman looks like he's melting on to the cupcake. These are adorable!

Nina Timm said...

You really managed to make it look really cold in your first picture....Very cute!!!

Robin Sue said...

What cute and happy cupcakes! I think when cupcakes are so nicely decorated it makes everyone smile. Beautiful job! You are very talented.

LyB said...

Wow, Nic, those look fabulous! My kids would go nuts over those! :)

Amy said...

ABSOLUTLY adorable! Love this... LOL!!! just too much cuteness!

Ann said...

These are so darling! Just incredible. I don't know if I'd ever have enough patience for this, but I'm glad someone does...so I can ogle them from afar. :)

Jude said...

That is so cute. The nose looks perfectly like a carrot, too. The attention to detail is very nice.

Lynette Anderson said...

Perfect. I found you whilst googling for snowman cupcakes and they are just so sweet. Thank you, I have printed out the recipe and will go in search of the ingredients ready for our staff party on friday.

Anonymous said...

I love these cupcakes- but a small technical question...is the icing the same thing as fondant?

Celia said...

For the snowman head, since the cupcakes are cranberry already, I bet you could used a cranberry rolled in powdered sugar for extra bite.

Susan said...

These are wonderful and I'll probably have to make them for an ornament party that I attend every year. Thanks so much for sharing them!

Susan in Arkansas

Marysol said...

Nic, the melting snowmen are too adorable to eat.
I made some snowmen cupcakes last Christmas, and now wished I could've made a few of them in their melting stage. Very clever!

nicisme said...

Thank you EVERYONE for ALL your comments. I never realised that little melted snowmen would be so popular!

Ann - they are really easy - if I can make them, ANYONE can!!

Lynette - good luck with the party, hope to see you here often!

Celia - that's a great idea!

Anonymous - the head, hat and carrot nose are made from fondant and the bit that is poured onto the cake first, is powdered sugar mixed with some water. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

What is the nose made out of?

nicisme said...

Anonymous - the nose is made from orange coloured fondant. I used a little bit of orange food colouring paste, and kneaded it into the white fondant until it was blended through.

Shreya said...

amazing!-) looks so cute...

Sophie said...

Those are so fun! I love the melting-effect :).

Megan said...

You have some baking talent girl! Love these.

The Secret Corridor said...

These cupcakes are fab!
I have sent you an email about featuring in my Advent Calendar this year (the calendar is to promote my craft-selling friends). I still have 2 windows to fill for next week, and these would be perfect! You can see the Calendar at www.secretcorridor.com Hope you say 'yes' :o)

Patricia said...

These are some of the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen......I too would be almost unable to eat them due to their 'adorableness' but I think I actually could manage it if I was pushed just a little!! Thanks for the Christmas smile!

julietk said...

"Can I tempt you" you sure can :D
such sweet little cakes,would you mind if I made one in felt? Xmas wishes Juliet

Judy said...

it doesn't say what you used for the head.?

Dot said...

such a great idea, i know i'm late to the party, but i linked to it here: http://www.dabbled.org/2008/12/random.html

Angela said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial and also for giving me permission to use one of your pictures!

nicisme said...

Shreya, Sophie and Megan - thank you!!

Secret Corridor - your advent calendar is super!

Patricia - I'm happy that I made you smile!

Julietk - thank you, and I'd love to see one made in felt - sounds really cute!

Judy, the head is made from fondant that was (hanging my head in shame) shop-bought!

Dot - thanks!

Angela - You're welcome!

Tracy said...

Saw this on Tastespotting -- too cute!

Julia said...

I made your cupcakes just like I had planned. They were super fun and brought lots of smiles to everyone. Thanks for the great idea!

Bellini Valli said...

These are just too cute for words Nic!!

Jeanne said...

You are SO artistic!! These are totally adorable and I love the idea of cranberry with citrus zest inside :)

Sybo said...

Hi

Such a great idea and there are many people like this idea.

Anonymous said...

Great photography! How did you get the background? I'm trying to re-create it for a winter dinner party, but having trouble. Help? xx

Nic said...

Anonymous - it's a piece of material from a craft store.
It's like a sheer almost see-through white material that has glitter impregnated into it. The lighting makes the glitter shine where the photo is out of focus.
I don't know where you live but I got it in the UK at Hobbycraft a while back. Hope this helps and you can always email me for more info.