Given that 'tis the season to be jolly, I was keen to do a little fundraising for my local children's hospital in the run up to Christmas. I decided to get involved in the 'The Great Irish Bake' which is a fantastic initiative to get baking in aid of Temple Street Children's hospital. Last night I took to the kithcen at 6.00pm and didn't re-emerge until after midnight with 36 Christmas themed cucpakes. I then took to the 'Ballymun Book Exchange' near my office to sell each cake for €2 on my lunch break. People were more than generous and I was delighted to raise €100 in under an hour! Here is a look at some of my Christmas cupcakes. The display boxes were bought from Decobake on Bachelors walk for a thrifty €1.19. These boxes can turn your tasty treats into a perfect Christmas gift.
I did a mix and match of sponges and toppings to suit all tastes. As always, I used my trusty box of Americolor food gels to give each cake a festive feel both inside and out. I layered different colour greens for the sponge, and paler shades for the cream cheese frosting. These are the sponge and icing combinations that I used:
1. Cinammon Madeira, topped with fondant icing
2. Vanilla cupcakes, topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
3. Chocolate cupcakes, topped with cream cheese frosting.
For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, simply add 1-2 teaspoons to the cream cheese frosting recipe in the link above.
Tesco Roll Out Fondant Icing
Renshaw Red Roll Out Icing (Decobake)
Christmas Cupcake Boxes (Decobake)
Tala Gold & Silver Cupcake Cases (Woodys DIY)
- I hope these cupcakes will provide some inspiration to get creative this festive season.
There's nothing like an 'aul 'Make and Bake' for your nearest and dearest.
- To find out more about the Great Irish Bake, check out the website www.thegreatirishbake.ie
- I'll be sharing the recipes for the Vanilla Cupcakes and Cinnamon Madeira Buns over the
next few days.