Christmas cupcakes recipe

Check out these super cute melted snowmen. These easy-to-make cupcakes are great fun to bake with the whole family and make for quick and easy Christmas party food.

How to

1. To make the icing, melt the marshmallows in the milk over a very low heat. Stir to stop them from sticking – be careful not to burn the mix. Spoon into a bowl and cool completely. Meanwhile, whip the cheese with the vanilla until smooth. When the marshmallow mix is cool, fold together, then fold in the whipped double cream and chill for at least an hour.

Christmas cupcakes

2. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases. Beat together the sugar and oil, then beat in the eggs one at a time, adding the vanilla with the second egg.

3. Mix the flour, cocoa and bicarb, then add half to the oil mixture. Beat in well before adding the yogurt. Add the remaining dry ingredients. Divide between the cases and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

4. Put the marshmallow icing into a piping bag, snip off the end, and pipe without a nozzle straight onto the top of the cupcakes to make the snowmen’s bodies.

Christmas cupcakes

5. Draw a face on each marshmallow with black icing, stick in a bit of peel for the noses then pop on top of the icing. Add M&M’s for buttons and halved Matchmakers for the arms.

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