Wednesday, December 01, 2010

CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES


I've got the glitter bug! Ask me to make either a cupcake or a cake for Christmas and glitter always makes an appearance. It's something to do with my love of Christmas bling, which is perhaps the only time I can realistically get away with it.


My cupcakes are a vanilla flavoured sponge topped with lemon flavoured royal icing. The cupcakes were baked in gold foil cases and when the cupcakes have cooled down, the peaks are cut off with a knife to give a level cake surface. Smother the cupcakes in icing and leave to set.


Cut out some fondant icing shapes and leave them to dry for a while. Brush with a little water and dust the shapes with glitter. Now brush the underneath of the fondant shapes with water and place onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with yet more glitter.

12 comments :

Gloria said...

Margot your cupcake slook lovely, I really ove your shapes, are so cute!! gloria

Lin, pain d'├ępices et chocolat said...

I was thinking of you! How are you coping with the snow? Blogging instead of going out?
Back to the cupcakes:
I would never have thought of cutting the top for a flat surface, and I didn't know one could eat "glitter', that is great news (although I am sure we don't have that in France), I am blad to realize too, that it is possible to make cupcakes with a simple sponge recipe! Great!
I have prepared a post about cupcakes too, coming soon.

Jan said...

You're so much better at baking than I am Maggie!

Maggie said...

Veronique - I think I should have said it's edible glitter made especially for sugarcraft work!

hopeeternalcookbook said...

Such pretty cupcakes and so seasonal too!
I would love to decorate my Christmas Cake with silver edible sparkle and possibly stars and wonder where you bought yours. I am having trouble finding them in UK High St shops. I know Hobbycraft sell it but they are miles away and I could order online from various sources. Are you, or one of your readers, aware of a UK supermarket, store, or similar, that stocks either (especially the glitter).
Many thanks in advance!
hopeeternal
'Meanderings through my Cookbook'
www.hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

Maggie said...

HopeEternalCookBook - when I am out and about I tend to pop into sugarcraft shops and buy my glitter (even though I don't know when I will use it!).
Otherthan that I buy online and try to find the cheapest postage. I haven't come across any high street stores who sell sugarcraft though, which is a shame. M x

hopeeternalcookbook said...

Thanks Maggie:
I don't even know where my nearest sugarcraft shop is I'm afraid - I haven't really got into the cupcake craze! I will have to ask around and keep my eyes open. I expect that the major supermarkets will eventually wake up and realise that they could sell this stuff too!
hopeeternal
PS Thanks for giving me a mention in your sidebar, but please could you correct the name of my site which is: Meanderings through my Cookbook - much appreciated! h/e

nedj said...

Huummmm !!!
So beautiful even for the eyes !
See you soon !
Nedj

Heavenly Housewife said...

Your Christmas cupcakes look so sweet. I think half the fun of making cupcakes is decorating them. THe edible glitter is just fabulous :)
*kisses* HH

Lucie said...

Beautiful! So festive! Lucie x

pigpigscorner said...

So pretty and so festive!

Choclette said...

Lovely looking cupcakes Maggie. Your bakes always look so elegant, Christmas bling notwithstanding. I still haven't managed to find any glitter to use yet.