snowflake cupcakes

this coming saturday is december 1st. the traditional kick-off date for christmas parties, drinks, get-togethers and soirées. i’ve been in prep mode for weeks, pinning seasonal ideas and festive inspiration like a mad woman. i spotted these ahhhh-dorable cupcakes during one recent pinterest session.

had. to. make. immediately.snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

these snowflake cupcakes are so freakin’ cute, i almost don’t want to eat them, or share them with anyone else for that matter. i just want to stare in wonder at their whimsical beauty.

then i remember the molten chocolate, fudgey cakes. and the delectable cream cheese frosting. and i start to salivate. so i eat one.

and then another.snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

to impress the pants off guests at your christmas party, you’ll need:

cupcakes (hershey’s recipe)

  • 1 and 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cups good quality cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup just-boiled water
  • 2 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

cream cheese frosting

  • 4oz (110g) butter – room temperature
  • 8oz (220g) cream cheese – refrigerated
  • 2 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (500g) icing sugar
  • sky blue food colouring

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these cupcakes, which use the classic hershey’s recipe, are embarrassingly easy to make, and come out so dark, sticky and fudgey, you’ll turn your nose up at any dry, crumbly cupcake from now on.

line the cupcake tray and pre-heat the oven to 175c/350f. in the bowl of a freestanding mixer (though you could easily do this by hand), combine all the dry ingredients. now add the oil, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. beat for about a minute until everything is combined.snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blogsnowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

now carefully add the just-boiled water and beat again. your batter will be really runny, like a really good quality thick hot chocolate would be. pour (easier than scooping) the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 mins, until a tester comes out clean.

leave your cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack. in the meantime, get your frosting on. snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

for creamy smooth frosting, beat the room temp butter for a few seconds in a mixer with the paddle attachment to get it nice and soft, and then add the cream cheese. beat until nice and silky. next add the vanilla and the icing sugar. i attach the plastic cover on my mixer and cover it with a tea towel, and then pulse the mixer a few times initially, to prevent being covered in a cloud of icing sugar. add the food colouring and beat at medium speed for a minute until the frosting is nice and fluffy.snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

once your chocolate cupcakes are completely cooled, you can pipe a swirl of frosting on top. to get a dreamy thick swirl, i use a freezer bag and snip off one corner.

pipe on a big cloud of frosting, and decorate with sugar snowflakes (i get mine online) and silver sugar balls.snowflake cupcakes, christmas recipes, hershey's cupcakes, chocolate cupcake recipe, cream cheese frosting, christmas party food ideas, peanut buttered blog

a tray of these little beauties at any christmas party will have sweet-toothed men worshipping at your feet, and fellow ladies green with envy over your domestic goddess skills.

are you planning a holiday bash? what are your festive favourites? let us know how you plan to celebrate the season in style on twitter @peanut_buttered and @andreamagrathfacebook or in the comments below.

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