Christmas would not be complete without sweet nougat, dainty gold stars and naughty angels to delight the Christmas sweet table! Michelle, Tanya and I always have a pre-Christmas party before we all start our festivities with our families and as usual it was a great chance to chat, laugh and eat! Thanks to Michelle we had tasty eats and drinks and a beautiful Christmas table to sit at. I made these Christmas themed cupcakes with rich red cranberries, sweet juicy pieces of glace pineapple, white chocolate drops and a hint of vanilla. Before I baked the cupcakes I added a large piece of macadamia nougat to each cupcake and as they baked the nougat bubbled over the baked surface of the cupcake. Of course with it being a festive girly celebration I laced each cupcake with orange liquer, dusted them with icing sugar and sprinkled them with a galaxy of tiny ethereal gold stars from Nicoletta. No wonder Michelle’s angels had these sweet grins on their faces when they saw these heavenly cupcakes arrive!
After I had experimented with these Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes, my husband, Eddie, declared them the best cupcakes I had ever made! This is a huge compliment from a man who has sampled absolutely everything that has been created in the Cupcakes2Delite Kitchen. With his birthday being a week after the sampling of these cupcakes he proceeded to place his order for his birthday celebration, Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes with a sprinkling of icing sugar and nothing else.
Into the birthday cupcake batter I added cinammon, nutmeg, all-spice and then generous handfuls of plump cranberries, dried pineapple & mango and dark chocolate drops. Inspired by Eddie’s love for the simplicity in these cupcakes, I photographed them with their sprinkling of icing sugar and of course a mad helping of red polka dot cupcake holders and a red declaration of love for the man who is my world. These cupcakes will definitely be on the menu for Christmas with perhaps just a splash of Amarula Gold for total decadence.
Christmas Cranberry, Fruit & Chocolate Cupcakes
Jingle Bells and Pitter Patter Christmas Cupcakes!
I love popping into Baking Bitz in Randburg as there are always new sugar paste decorations in stock. I don’t often buy ready made ones as I love creating my own and choosing my own colours, but these cute little stockinged mice were too adorable to resist. To match the Christmas theme for our year end scrapping day at the Memory Shed I baked cranberry, dark chocolate and orange cupcakes, topped them off with a creamy vanilla icing and then nestled the sugar paste mouse hiding in his stocking onto each cupcake and added a sprinkle of silver beads around each mouse. We had a brilliant morning sharing all our Christmas faire and beautiful gifts and it was the perfect way to end another great year of scrapbooking.
Last year Glyn ordered Christmas cupcakes for her office year end function and I did the traditional red, green and white colour scheme for the sugar paste decorations. With this year’s order Glyn chose white cupcakes in keeping with their theme of a White Christmas and she asked me to add a hint of colour. The sugar paste icicles are always so dainty and pretty on cupcakes so I made silver and green sparkly icicles and added them to delectable cranberry, raisins, currants, cinammon and nutmeg cupcakes. The aroma of these cupcakes baking in my kitchen meant Christmas had definitely arrived! Thanks again for your order Glyn and I hope everyone in your office enjoyed a bit of Christmas magic in these cupcakes ant that they all have a peaceful festive season.
When it comes to cupcakes at Christmas, there is no tastier combination than cranberries, white chocolate and pistachio. I made these cupcakes with generous helpings of each of these yummy ingredients and then added a simple melted fudgey icing with a spirited sprinkling of cranberries and white chocolate. They were so quick and easy to make and simply sublime to taste!