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Festive cupcakes with gingerbread men on and candy canes to the side.

Gingerbread men cupcakes

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These festive cupcake are great fun to make with the children, and a lovely gift idea for their teachers.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cakes

  • 250g 8⅞ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 250g 8⅞ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 4 4 Egg(s) (free range) medium
  • 250g 8⅞ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Ginger (ground)

For the buttercream

For the decoration

  • 200g 7⅛ oz White sugar paste icing
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Brown/chocolate sugar paste icing
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Red sugar paste icing

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4) and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add the eggs one by one mixing after each one.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 250g 8⅞ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 250g 8⅞ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 4 4 Egg(s) (free range) medium
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Sift together the flour and ground ginger and carefully fold into the mixture.

    Ingredients for this step

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are approx. ½ full. Then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    To make the buttercream mix together the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, then fill a piping bag and pipe swirls of buttercream onto the top of each cooled cake.

    Ingredients for this step

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Mix together some white and brown sugar paste icing until you get a gingerbread colour, then roll this out onto a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar until it is about 3-4mm thick.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz White sugar paste icing
    • 200g 7⅛ oz Brown/chocolate sugar paste icing
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Using a gingerbread man cutter cut out the shapes and leave to one side for about 20 minutes to firm up. You could decorate each gingerbread man with a red bow tie and some buttons using red sugar paste icing.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50g 1⅞ oz Red sugar paste icing
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Carefully place the gingerbread men onto the top of each cupcake and serve