I cant believe how fast this month has gone, can you!? Ive bearly had time to think, rushing around buying christmas pressies, decorating the house in a christmasy way, catching up with friends and family for christmas and planning what I will cook and bake for christmas eve and day.
A couple of weeks ago I saw some gingerbread cupcakes featured on Cupcakes Take The Cake and straight away knew they would be one of the sweets I make for christmas. Ive always loved gingerbread cookies and thought surely gingerbread cupcakes would be just as delicious!
I found a recipe on Martha Stewart's website and had to road test the cupcakes because I usually make a new sweets recipe for christmas, and half the time it turns into a disaster.
Heres how they turned out...
I used a very similar recipe to Martha Stewart's but made just a couple of changes...
Ingredients 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 ½ C all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 8 Tblespoons margarine 2/3 C packed brown sugar 1 C molasses or treacle Not egg equal to 3 eggs
Method 1. Heat oven to 200 degrees C. Line cupcake tin with baking cups and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. In a bowl, combine boiling water and baking soda, set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, ground spices, salt, and baking powder, set aside. 2. With an electric beater, cream the margarine until light. Beat in the brown sugar until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses/treacle, baking soda mixture, and flour mixture. Beat in the eggs. 3. Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the centre of them comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes. Let cupcakes cool a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
These cupcakes turned out so light, fluffy and moist, I will deffinatley be making another batch for christmas day! The only change I will make is to add half the amount of treakle and more spices which is only my personal taste, all the other taste testers thought they tasted delicious as is.
I bought the mini gingerbread men and decorated them with white chocolate, and I even managed to find some christmas cupcake liners at the shops.
Just be sure you dont put the gingerbread men in the fridge because they go soggy quite quickly.
Last Weekend Mikey and I headed to the christmas tree farm with my parents. As you can see from the photo of me below, the farm is pretty big, the trees are pre-cut so no we didn't cut down our own tree.
We always buy a real christmas tree, weve never owned a fake tree and I dont think they could possibly compare to the real thing (I think it must be the amazing smell that drifts through the house). Although the fake kind I would imagine to be much less work considering all the watering and dropping pine needles the real tree brings.
So here is our tree all pretty and decorated, and a little leaning ;)
And to share some of my favourite decorations with you...
The gingerbread lady
The prettiest blue/silver ball
A tin christmas angel
A glittery snow scene ball
Ihope you are all having a lovely christmas season.
Before we know it christmas will be over so make sure you enjoy it while it lasts :)