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Snowball Cupcakes

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 25 g Dessicated coconut
  • 175 g Self raising flour

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

For decoration

  • 100 g Baby blue fondant
  • 75 g Fluff marshmallow spread
  • 25 g Dessicated coconut
  • Icing sugar to dust

Instructions

  1. Start by making the snowflake decorations. Dust a mat or work surface with icing sugar and roll out the fondant

  2. Using a cutter, cut out snowflake shapes and place them on baking or greaseproof paper to dry out and harden

  3. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a muffin tin with 12 light blue cupcake cases, or another colour if you can't find light blue. White would work well

  4. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth

  5. Add the eggs, vanilla and coconut, mix them in

  6. Add the flour and mix it in

  7. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases, then bake for 20 minutes until then are golden brown. Let them cool completely on a cooling rack

  8. Using a cupcake corer or a knife, make holes in the middle of each cake

  9. Spoon or pipe the marshmallow fluff spread into each hole

  10. Make the buttercream by mixing the ingredients together in a stand mixer or with an electric hand whisk until they are smooth, then put it into a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle and pipe it onto the cupcakes

  11. Dip the sides of the buttercream in the dessicated coconut, then add the snowflake shape in the centre