Every holiday season needs a signature sweet. Traditionally, gingerbread houses and chocolate-chip cookies are the signature sweet for Christmas. However, these sweets can get monotonous over time. Homemade Cupcakes are great for these occasions because they are simple, yet different.
Cupcakes also have a variety of different flavors. These may include chocolate peppermint, hot chocolate, red velvet, swirled cinnamon and sugar, or Snickerdoodle. If these are more overwhelming, one may decide to stick with vanilla or chocolate.
To add a little extra Christmas cheer in one’s cupcakes, food coloring is the way to go. Before the batter is put into liners, one can mix in red, green, or blue food coloring to the batter. Alternatively, once the batter is put into liners, one can swirl food coloring in separate cupcakes with a toothpick.
Also, filling is a great way to add Christmas flavor into one’s cupcakes. Bear in mind that some of these fillings do not go with all cupcake flavors. Some filling flavors could include candy, caramel, cookie dough, melted chocolate, peanut butter, or more frosting. (either cream cheese or buttercream frosting)
To add in filling, take a piping tip and poke a hole in the center of a baked cupcake, and use a small fork to get the cake out. It is easiest to put the filling in a piping bag before filling the cupcake. Keep in mind that the filling should not go all the way to the top because one needs to put the cake on top of the filling before frosting the cupcake.
Frosting also comes in an assortment of flavors. These may encompass cinnamon, cream cheese, gingerbread buttercream, peppermint, or raspberry. Aside from flavors, one can color one’s frosting with food coloring. It is easiest to frost cupcakes when the frosting is in a piping bag with a piping tip. Furthermore, one can swirl two different colors to create an unanticipated twist.
Toppings can also add to the Christmas cheer of one’s cupcakes. Melted chocolate could be put in a piping bag, piped into a snowflake or snowman, and added to the top of the cupcake when hardened. Other topping ideas may incorporate drizzled chocolate, candy, candy canes, fondant, marshmallows, or sprinkles. Fondant can be molded and cut into any size and is great for decorating Christmas cupcakes.
Now that one has the perfectly decorated cupcakes, it is time to box them up! Boxes come in sizes containing six to 24 cupcakes. Bows are also a great accentuating feature to the box.