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Adding Sparkle to your Christmas: Candy Cane Cup Cake!

With this chilly sensation, I wanted to light the fire, draw the curtains, and bake these minty candy cane cupcakes, and add a sparkle to the Christmasy feeling around! These red velvet cupcakes, topped with minty meringue butter cream, the marble effect, goes together the lined candy canes floating on the top.
The candy cane cupcakes are something everyone must have for Christmas!!
For the cup cakes
175 gms pain flour,
175 gms unsalted butter,
175 gms caster sugar,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract,
125 ml buttermilk,
2 eggs, beaten,
Few drops of red coloring,
Pinch of salt,
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda,
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
For the Meringue Butter Cream
200 gms caster sugar,
3 egg whites,
250 unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
12 candy canes, different flavours
Preheat the oven to 180 C, Gas mark 4.
Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add in the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition. Tip in the vanilla extract and the colour and mix with an electronic beater.
Sift in the flour, cocoa and salt. Add in gradually with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl mix together soda bicarbonate and vinegar. Add  it to the mixture.
Line in the muffin tin with 12 muffin cases. Divide the mixture into 12 filling the muffin to two thirds full.
Bake 25-30 minutes, and or when the skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and leave to cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes then on the wire rack to cool completely.
Add the egg whites and caster sugar in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of boiling water.  Whisk with an electronic mixer until the mixture has doubled in volume, and started to form glossy peaks. Gradually add in the butter to the cooled meringue and beat constantly, add in the mint extract.
Divide the peppermint Meringue Butter cream between two bowls. Tint one using the red food colouring. Fill in the piping bag with a spoon of the Butter cream tinted red then with the spoon of the plain Butter cream to give a marbled effect when piped onto the cupcakes. Pipe swirls into each cupcake and top it with a Candy Cane
Merry Christmas.

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Nandita said...

Superb!...yummilicious! candy cane cup cake.....I would finish the entire bunch!

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