Most Wanted Yule-Blog Bake Challenge.

Christmas Cupcakes.

I was contacted by the lovely Helen of Voucher Codes a few weeks ago to invite me to take part in a Holiday themed bake challenge. I decided to bake some peppermint and chocolate cupcakes with handmade decorations which I made out of fondant, food colouring and edible glitter. I used a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and added some peppermint extract. The glittery christmas trees and snowflakes are chocolate decorations I coated in edible glitter. I love glitter, so christmassy! I hope you all like them!

Christmas Cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcakes.


Christmas Cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcakes.

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g soft unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate frosting
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, very soft
30g cocoa powder, sifted
45ml whole milk

- Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl and beat on a slow speed with an electric hand mixer until well combined and a sandy consistency.
- Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together in a jug and add half to the dry mixture. Beat slowly to combine and then more quickly to beat out any lumps.
- Add the remaining liquid mixture and beat slowly to combine. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the mixture into the cake cases until 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven until they spring back to the touch. A skewer inserted should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.

- For the frosting, beat the butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until well combined.
- Add the milk and beat to combine. The mixture will come together into a big lump. Keep beating for a few minutes, you will see it get lighter in colour and texture.
- Spoon or pipe on to the cupcakes.


  1. How lovely and festive! Look rather tasty too!

  2. Oh my goodness, I want some! I really want to make peppermint flavour cupcakes sometime.... any recipes to recommend? c: x

  3. The cupcakes looked most festive and delicious!

  4. They look delicious, I drooling at the thought of them xoxo

  5. They look amazing! Mint and chocolate is such a good combo, I'll have to give these a try!

  6. Those cupcakes are so beautiful! I've made a peppermint chocolate cake a couple of times as a holiday treat for my family, it is such a delicious combination.

  7. Your cuppies look gorgeous!!! Another great recipe to try is Martha Stewarts buttermilk chocolate cake..I add peppermint essence to that and it's foolproof everytime x

  8. Wow these look really yummy, might make them myself too since I love mint and chocolate together :) xoxo

  9. yum yum! did you make the glitter tree? x

  10. These are so pretty! It's inspired me to flick through my Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, it sits there unloved (sadly I don't have much time to bake these days).
    I especially love the handmade robin :D

    Fiona x

  11. Congratulations on doing so well in the challenge - they look so cute!

  12. These look amazing and SO professional looking! I love the marzipan (?) candy cane too...YUM. :D

    Maria xxx


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