Festive Baking

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies and Rudolf Cupcakes

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?!

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies

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!

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies

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.

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies

Practice makes perfect for the icing design!

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies

Festive Baking - Christmas Tree Brownies

Rudolf Cupcakes

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.

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

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.

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

Next add two white mini marshmallows for the eyes.

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

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!

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

For the nose, add giant chocolate buttons.

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

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.

Festive Baking - Rudolf Cupcakes

Will you be trying any of these festive baking recipes?