There’s nobody more iconic at this time of year than Santa. Everybody loves him from his rotund appearance, fur lined red outfit to his jovial laugh. Though the fact that he delivers parcels with the help of Rudolph and friends early on Christmas morning may also have something to do with it!?
Having thoroughly enjoyed making our Christmas Robin Cupcakes just a week or two ago, and noticing that visitors to Only Crumbs Remain seem to love them too, I thought I’d share with you another super festive decorated cupcake idea in the guise of Santa!
Or should that be Father Christmas?
I have to admit that what to call these Christmas cupcakes was a bit of a conundrum. As a child my brother & I always referred to the big friendly man in red as Father Christmas, but the name ‘Santa’ is often used these days (heck I sound old!). So being unsure I asked my friends on Instagram what I should call them and the pendulum of indecision fell on the side of Santa Cupcakes, though feel free to call them Father Christmas Cupcakes, or even Santa Claus Cupcakes, if you prefer.
Now I have to admit that these Santa Cupcakes / Father Christmas Cupcakes / Santa Claus Cupcakes (delete as appropriate!) are a little bit more involved than the Christmas Robin version. But only a little bit. Once again most of the shaping is created with the help of a plain round cookie cutter, although we shaped Santa’s moustache by hand. Trust me it’s really easy to do. And the great thing about fondant is that you can ball it back up and reshape it again if you’re not totally happy with the shape you’ve got!
The other great thing about fondant is that it’s not going to spoil.
You could easily make these fun festive cupcakes the day before you need
them, store them somewhere cool (though not the fridge) in an airtight
container and then bring them out just before your guests arrive. Or
why not make a batch to take to a party that you’ve been invited to.
Do check out our little video showing how to make Santa Cupcakes. Trust me, it’s really easy. You’ll be popping to the local supermarket for some fondant before you know it!
And here’s the printable recipe of how to make Santa Claus Cupcakes!
Cupcakes, or even Father Christmas Cupcakes. Either way, they’re a lot
of fun, easy to make and would be the perfect addition to any party this
Christmas time. They’d also be great offered as a small gift to
friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Hands on time: 1 hour 30 mins Bake time: 20 mins Yield: 10 Cupcakes
10 Muffin sized cupcake cases & muffin tin
78mm Plain Round Cookie Cutters (or one that is about the same size diameter as the top of your cupcakes)
Rolling pin (ideally a plastic one suitable for fondant work)
Small brush used for food preparation only
For the Cupcake Batter
- 160g Butter, unsalted & softened
- 80g Caster Sugar
- 80g Golden Caster Sugar
- 3 medium Eggs, lightly beaten (see notes a & b below)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- small pinch of Salt
- 160g SR Flour
- 1 tbsp Milk
For the Fondant Decoration
- about 150g Red Fondant
- 400g White Fondant
- Blue Fondant
- Black Fondant
For the Buttercream Frosting
- 70g Butter, unsalted & softened
- 140g Icing Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Notes: a) When making the cupcake batter, consider weighing the cracked eggs first to ensure the batter has equal weight of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Simply weigh the butter, sugar and flour to the same weight as the eggs. Of course the value may be slightly different to the 160g listed in the ingredients above. b) Consider warming your lightly beaten eggs over a bain marie especially if they feel particularly cold. Warm them until they feel lukewarm. This should help prevent the batter from curdling and produce a better cupcake sponge. c) When purchasing the fondant (particularly the red) check to ensure it is suitable for vegetarians if baking for those following a meat free diet. d) Ball up off-cuts of fondant and cover it over. e) Use a dry brush to wipe away any cornflour from the finished cupcake. f) Wash your hands between using each colour to prevent colours streaking the white fondant.
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