Friday, December 5

Christmas Muffins

Guess whose been baking again?!

And yes dear readers... This isn't just normal baking, this is Christmas baking, one of the best kinds of baking.

Hoo- Bloody- Rah.

You might wonder where I get this baking obsession from... Well, my mother is without a doubt one of my biggest influences. As a child, I'd often wake up in the Christmas holidays to the sound of the kettle whistling below me and the smell of Christmas muffins creeping under my door.

These spiced Christmas muffins are brilliant for on the go runs, a quick breakfast, or just a cheeky nibble. (I saved a few without icing to have warmed in the morning for breakfast: a perfect, festive pick-me-up first thing in the morning!)

They are not only cheap to make but also obscenely easy to whip up.

The very kind people over at the Cake Decorating Store contacted me a while ago asking if I'd like to review a few of their products. The idea was to show that you can make Christmas presents for your friends (in the form of cupcakes/muffins) and do so with style and also cheaply. Since this is a student blog, giving out festive cheer to my uni friends whilst not spending the very last dregs of my student loan is a great shout.

With a £15 price limit, I eagerly opened  up my box of goodies to bake with.

The box contained:

And lastly, probably my favourite thing in the whole box... Gingerbread man sprinkles!!!

Epic, I know.

I decided to use half of the bits and pieces now, and half on another bake later on (stay tuned for that one.)

So, if you fancy getting in the Christmas spirit for your friends, here's the recipe below:

Spiced Christmas Muffins:

- 280g plain flour

- 2tsp baking powder

- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 85g caster sugar

- 1 egg

- 240ml milk

- 1 jar of mincemeat

- 90ml vegetable oil or 85g of butter, melted

- 125g sultanas

(Apologises for the quality of some of these photos, I had to bake these early in the morning which makes a basement kitchen even worse for photography!)

Preheat the oven to 200C/180 fan and pop the cupcake cases in the tray.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg before adding the milk and oil/butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

Warm up the mincemeat a little in the microwave and tip into the mixing bowl. Stir until just combined, adding the sultanas in the final beats.

Spoon into the cupcakes so that they are three quarters full then bake for 20-25 minutes.

Once completely cool, add a little red colouring to the vanilla icing until you have your chosen shade of merry berry red.

(On that note: I was really impressed with the vanilla icing, I've never used shop bought icing before so was a little hesitant... But I'd definitely use it again.)

Swirl on the icing with a palette knife or with a piping bag.

Stick on a charming festive decoration and sift over a little icing sugar for a snowy effect and hey presto, you're all done!

The Santa and snowmen have to be my favourite toppers...

I hope you are all getting in the festive spirit! I'm currently sat with a gingerbread latte, in my Christmas jumper, listening to Christmas songs. The dream.

* A big thank you to Hayley at the Cake Decorating Store for providing the box of goodies, they've got some cracking goodies online and ones that won't break the bank too! I'll pop another recipe up soon using the other bits and pieces*

So, go on and bake some Christmas treats for your friends, it is the season of giving after all!


  1. These look and sound amazing! It's like a mince pie muffin, how perfect! (Festive baking is most definitely the best kind...maybe this year will be the year I make a gingerbread house.)

    Heather x

  2. These muffins sound so good! Really perfect treat for Christmas!

  3. Ahhh these are so so cute!! I love Christmas time and all the baked goodies, they always look so pretty =)
    Can't wait to see what else you'll conjure up with the rest of the contents! You definitely nailed it with this one!

    {Teffy's Perks} X


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