Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas-Cupcakes

 

Ingredients:

  • 280g plain flour + 1 tbsp baking powder (or simply SR flour)
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 115g dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil (or 85g of butter melted)
  • 100g mixed dried fruit and nuts
  • 450g icing
  • 3 tsp apricot jam
  • sprinkles/icing sugar/coloured icing to decorate

Method:

  1. Sift together the flour (+baking powder), salt and allspice into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar.
  2. Beat together the eggs, oil and milk in a seperate bowl, making a well in the dry ingredients and pouring the mixture into it, along with the fruit and nuts. Stir until combined.
  3. Spoon into paper cases in a muffin tin and cook for 20 minutes at 200°/400°F/Gas Mark 6, leaving them to cool on a wire rack when ready.
  4. Knead the ready made icing then roll it out to approx 5mm thick, using a cutter/cup to cut out circles of icing.
  5. Heat the jam until runny, then brush over the tops of the muffins. Place an icing circle onto the jam, decorating as you wish, then leave to set in a cool place.
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Christmas Activity Ideas

I’ve just finished planning the evening I’m going to be running at Cubs in December, the theme being Christmas crafts. So I thought I’d share with you some fun, quick and simple Christmas activities for children:

Baubles

Baubles are cheap to buy if you purchase the undecorated matt or shiny finish ones. They are also easy to make yourself by using paper mache to cover a balloon. Then once you have your plain baubles, let your child go wild with glitter glue, sequins, ribbon etc to create a funky and original ornament. They also make great gifts for your child to give to family members!

 

Cake Lollipops

For this quick and easy recipe, all you need is some cake (chocolate brownies or golden syrup cake work best as they’re quite moist), some chocolate (and cream if you want a creamier coating), some lollipop sticks and some sprinkles to decorate.

  1. Cut the cake into squares and roll each square into a ball about the size of a truffle, and insert the lollipop stick. (Cocktail sticks or coffee stirrers also work just as well)
  2. Melt approx 100g of chocolate (or 50g of chocolate in 100ml warm single or double cream) for every 300g of cake.
  3. Dip the cake balls into the chocolate and twist as you do this to get a nice, even coating.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles (or grated chocolate) then leave to set. (Punching small holes in an egg box and putting the sticks in these holes will ensure they set without the chocolate becoming stuck to anything).
  5. Enjoy!

Stand up Ornaments

You could use an old jam jar to create a snow globe by using a hot glue gun to stick a plastic Christmas figurine to the lid, then fill the jar with water and glitter, then simply screw on the lid and shake!

Alternatively, you can make paper or cardboard stand up snowmen, stars and trees by decorating two identical shapes, then cutting a slit in one from the top to the middle, then a slit in the other from the bottom to the middle – you’ll then be able to slot the two pieces together. They can be made by simply colouring the designs in or by using glitter, sequins, felt etc. depending on what you have spare at home. You can find the star design here and the Christmas tree and snowmen templates here.

 

Christmas Quiz

There are lots of fun facts you can find out about Christmas. For example, did you know Christmas pudding originates from a soup-like medieval Celtic food called frumenty? However the questions don’t have to be based entirely upon Christmas; you could include a general knowledge round, or a riddle round;

e.g. “My first is in last, but not in first, My second is in best, but not in worst, My third and fourth appear in tree, My fifth appears twice in Jubilee, My sixth is in Churcher but not in Hall, The catch is, I could be in them all! What am I?” (For the answer, click here)

If you would like a copy of my animated PowerPoint Christmas quiz send an email to rebeccacdenyer@live.co.uk 🙂

Let me know if you have a go at any of these things – I’d love to see the results!