Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Brown sugar and cinnamon cupcakes, filled with festive sprinkles, and topped with lashings of cinnamon cream cheese icing. 

This will be, rather unbelievably, my last post from the road. In 5 days time we’ll get on the eurostar in Paris, and be back in London for lunchtime. It will be over 100 days since we left Hong Kong to fly to Singapore, and in that time we’ve made it all the way to Berlin overland. I can’t quite believe we’re in Berlin, a part of our trip that seemed so incredibly far away when I made these Christmas cakes way back in July!

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Much as I’m not in the slightest bit ready for this trip to end, I’m incredibly excited to get back home to England, and back to the kitchen. It’ll be my mum’s very well stocked kitchen at that – hurrah! I’ve been making lists of all the Christmas bakes I want to squeeze into the few short days between getting back and Christmas day. Its lengthy, realistically I’ll be too busy unpacking, sifting through packing boxes to see what made it back to the UK in one piece, and celebrating our return with friends and family to do more than half of it, but hey, I can dream!

I’ve got Christmas spices on the brain, and my Pinterest Christmas board is a sea of gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread stars, iced gingerbread, gingerbread layer cakes, gingerbread cupcakes, gingerbread houses. Talking of which, did you see Molly Yeh’s epic gingerbread farm? Complete it with gingerbread horses, coconut snow, chocolate roofs and a  little pink tractor, I want to move in and live there! Go and check it out.

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

These cupcakes may not be quite as epic as a full on gingerbread farm, but they are a really fun recipe for Christmas. They’re made with brown sugar and flavoured with that most festive of spices, cinnamon. I love the effect that brown sugar has on cupcakes, it makes them extra moist, and gives a richer, deeper flavour.

I swirled lots of sprinkles through to give them a pretty christmas pattern when you bite into them. Spots of festive colour running right through the cupcakes. A little Christmas surprise, if you will. The sugar dissolves into the cupcakes as they bake just leaving the colour behind. There’s no unpleasant crunch of sprinkles, just lovely tender spiced cake.

They’re topped with lashings of a delicious cream cheese icing, speckled with cinnamon. If you’d prefer the icing to be white simply leave the cinnamon out of the icing.

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

A little note on the Christmas coloured sprinkles; I bought my sprinkles in Hong Kong. But after a quick internet search I’ve also found similar ones here.

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Cinnamon Christmas Cupcakes

(makes 6)

Ingredients 

for the cakes 

70g butter, softened to room temperature

70g soft light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground all spice

1 large egg

70g plain flour (all purpose)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons coloured sprinkles

for the icing 

70g full fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature

100g butter, softened to room temperature

100g icing sugar, sifted (confectioners’ sugar)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

additional sprinkles, to decorate

Method 

Preheat your oven to 180C/ 160 fan/ 350F.

Line a 6 hole cupcake pan with 6 paper cases.

In a large bowl, cream together your butter, sugar, cinnamon, and all spice, until the mixture is light and creamy.

Add you egg, flour and baking powder and mix until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated, and the mixture is smooth. If the mixture is very stiff you may need to add a small splash of milk to loosen it a little.

Very gently stir the sprinkles through the batter. You want to be careful not to over mix, as this will make the colour run into the batter and you won’t get nice dots of colour in the finished cupcakes.

Divide the batter evenly between your cupcake cases.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cakes are golden, risen, and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Once cool, make your icing.

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and evenly mixed. This can take a bit of work, an electric beater will speed up the process.

Sift in the icing sugar and cinnamon. Mix slowly at first, then beat until evenly combined.

Pipe or spread onto your cupcakes. Decorate with extra sprinkles. I put a whole container of sprinkles into a deep bowl, then rolled the edge of the cupcakes in the sprinkles to create a pretty border.

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A food lover’s Christmas gift guide

How did you spend your weekend? With only two weekends left before Christmas, i’d imagine its a fairly safe guess that several of you spent it shopping for Christmas gifts.

My Christmas shopping has taken a bit of a backseat this year. Time and money are being eaten up by this big trip home. Europe, it seems, is a horrendously expensive place to be! This doesn’t stop me from dreaming and wishing of wrapping beautiful presents  and piling them up under a tree groaning with ornaments.

These are just a small selections of my top Christmas gifts picks this year. Food themed, naturally.

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1. A Luxury Hamper

What Christmas foodie wish list would be complete without a luxury christmas hamper?

If you’re going to have a hamper, you may as well have the best. Coming in a cool £400, this one is well out of my price range, but I wouldn’t mind finding a Christmas Banquet Hamper under the tree.  Full of treats like chocolate, stilton, pink champagne, and sloe gin butter, not only would it make your christmas day extra special, but probably keep you happily munching well into the new year!

For a unique twist on the Christmas hamper, this day at Daylesford cookery school would make a wonderful treat for any keen cook. The lucky recipient would have the chance to cook in in the beautiful Daylesford converted barn, using fresh produce straight from the farm. The hamper is available for £195 from Selfridges.

 

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2. A cooking kit 

For the curry lover in your life, how about giving them a SpiceBox subscription from The Spicery? I first found this wonderful company last year when trying to find a present for my hard to buy for brother. Since then I’ve used them several times for myself, using their spice kits to cook up huge curry feasts for friends. The kits contain all the spices and recipes to make delicious curries, and are sent straight to the door. The Friday Night Curry subscriptions make perfect gifts. A three month subscription costs £19.95.

 

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3. Personalised Nutella

What could be better than Nutella? Well how about a personalised jar of Nutella with your name written all over it?!

I would love to receive one of these in my stocking. I tried to order one for my best nutella loving friend, but sadly they’re not available online. You’ll have to visit a selfridges food hall if you want to get your hands on a jar!

 

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4. Afternoon Tea

What better way to treat a cake lover than taking them for afternoon tea? I’ve had my eye on this Charlie and The Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at Covent Garden’s One Aldwych for a long time. The menu contains a fun, whimsical selection of sweets reflecting Roald Dahl’s imagination. Tuck into nostalgic treats like candy floss, golden cheesecake filled chocolate eggs, and chocolate caramel milk. Washed down with a signature Cocktail Charlie, this would be a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The menu costs £34.50 per person, or £45.00 including a cocktail. Vouchers can be purchased here.

 

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5. Stanley Pie Funnel

I love Cath Kidston. I would probably buy everything from the vintage feel, floral shop if I could. This year this little guy has particularly caught my eye. How cute is this little Stanley pie funnel? At £8.00, he’d brighten up any Christmas pie.

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6. Chocolate 

You can’t go wrong with chocolate. How about trying something a bit different this year?

I’m not sure how I feel about this curry and chips chocolate, but I’m willing to give it a try!  It would make a fun stocking filler for someone who has everything. Available for £4.50 from notonthehighstreet.com

For a more substantial christmas gift, the Hotel Chocolat tasting club would make a wonderful present for a chocolate lover. Gift subscriptions start from £50.00 for a three month subscription, delivering a delicious box of chocolates straight to the door every four weeks. You can choose which selection to send from a choice including rare cocoa and alcohol free.

 

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7. Dinosaur Cake Stand 

Dear Santa, can I have a dinosaur cake stand for Christmas please? I’ve been really good this year, promise! I think these dinosaur cake stands may be my favourite pick this year. Starting at £53.70, they’re a little pricey,  but aren’t they fabulous?! I would love the whole dinosaur collection.

 

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8. Cook Books

Oh how excited I am to get back to England to my cookbook collection! There is something very lovely about receiving cook books as gifts, spending Christmas afternoon exploring recipes, mentally bookmarking all the things you want to cook in the new year. This year several of my favourite bloggers have written new books and they’re high up on my wish list this year. There are so many wonderful books out there, but these are just a small selection by authors whose recipes haven’t failed me yet.

1. Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food

2. Top with Cinnamon by Izy Hossack

3. Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence 

4. Rick Stein’s India 

 

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9. Something beautiful for the kitchen  

Its always nice to receive something beautiful for the kitchen. I left my rolling pin back in Hong Kong, so I’m in the market for a new one. This star gazer rolling pin from anthropologie is beautiful and would fit the bill entirely. Its currently in the sale too, priced at £12.95.

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10. Homemade Gin kit 

My girls back in Hong Kong are major gin lovers. One of them even travels to parties with a mini cool box full of cans of tonic, ice, and sliced lime. True gin dedication! This homemade gin kit contains everything to make your own gin, and would go down a treat!

 

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11. Godminster Heart Shaped Cheese 

Christmas wouldn’t be christmas without cheese. A good cheeseboard is one of my favourite parts of the festive season. I love Godmister’s heart shaped cheese. I’ve snuck their beautiful sharp cheddar back to Hong Kong with me before. This gift set comes in at £17.49, and contains a cheddar and a brie. Their year of cheese, is probably my dream Christmas gift!

 

 

Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

12. Homemade treats 

Last, but most definitely not least, theres nothing quite as special as giving something homemade.

Here’s just a few more homemade gift ideas.

Rich, sharp lemon curd is always a treat.

These chocolate jazzies are so simple. Fill up a kilner jar of them for a true nostalgia hit.

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Fudge lovers will adore this white chocolate and raspberry fudge.

How about making up a big batch of christmas chutney?

Peanut butter and chocolate truffles are one of my favourites.

Equally delicious are these Nutella oreo truffles.

Nutella fudge // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Nutella isn’t just for truffles, how about some Nutella fudge?

Finally, I posted this recipe for Speculoos cookie butter truffles last week – soft centred and irresistible!

 

Happy shopping everyone! How is your Christmas shopping going this year?