Oh it’s the most wonderful time of the year. I am definitely one of those people that gets overly excited by Christmas, candles on, jumpers on, songs singing. At least that’s what I did on Sunday whilst doing some festive baking. Two super easy recipes that I copied from pinterest or my work colleague. Christmas Tree Brownies and Rudolf the Red nosed cupcake.
Christmas Tree Brownies
For the brownies, keep it simple. Use a box of brownie mix, and just add the eggs, water, oil. I won’t tell if you don’t tell. It makes your life a lot easier and these brownies are more about the decorating, right?!
Once the brownies have cooled, take them out the tray and get your knifes at the ready. Slice across, to create two smaller rectangles then create a zig-zag patterns to create the triangle tree shape. If any offcuts just can’t be made triangular, make sure to eat them!
Make up some green icing, any buttercream icing recipe will do. My first batch were not as successful, but you can see the desired pattern. Pipe a zig-zag shape to create tinsel and add sprinkles and a silver ball or star on the top.
Practice makes perfect for the icing design!
These rudolf cupcakes are somewhat infamous in my team at work, so thanks to Elinda for passing on this tradition. (I did a tester to work out how to build one, before building the remaining 23.) I used the Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate Cupcake recipe and their recipe for the chocolate frosting.
To create your own Rudolfs, once the cupcakes have cooled, spread with chocolate icing. Add two pretzels at the top of the cupcake to create antlers.
Next add two white mini marshmallows for the eyes.
Next step is to use some black writing icing to create the pupils and a cartoon like effect. Don’t worry too much if the eyes are a bit cross-eyed, rudolf has clearly had a bit too much of Santa’s whisky!
For the nose, add giant chocolate buttons.
For the red nose, add either red M&Ms, or red smarties. I bought two large bags, and just about had 24 red pieces of chocolate. I attached the chocolate to the button using some more icing.
Will you be trying any of these festive baking recipes?