Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes


Before we get into this, can we just take a look at the small change I've made to my blog? *Points way up there* YES, I made my own festive header, I finally mastered how to make them, hallelujah! Ok onto the post...

Blogmas wouldn't be Blogmas without throwing in a baking post now would it? I spent hours browsing Pinterest looking for some Christmas inspired recipes but then it struck me, Christmas pudding cupcakes! I saw pictures of them and thought they were so adorable, I had to get stuck in and make some asap. 

For the cakes I followed an easy chocolate cupcake recipe but added in my own little extras according to what I had in my cupboards. My baking cupboard is like a gold mine honestly, holding all sorts of hidden treasures!

Ingredients (Makes 12)
50g Dark Chocolate chunks - I used chocolate chips
140g Butter
3 Eggs
140g Self-Raising Flour
140g Caster Sugar
6 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Glacé Cherries & Dried Fruit mix
Icing Sugar

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190c/Fan 170c/Gas Mark 5. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl together over a low heat, let it cool then stir in the eggs.
2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl and stir in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the dried fruit and cherries and stir. 
3. Spoon the mixture into muffin cases and put in the oven for 20 minutes.
4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, pour icing sugar into a bowl, add a tiny amount of water and mix until your icing is the consistency you'd like. Apply to cakes and decorate.



Are they not the cutest cupcakes you have ever set eyes on? I feel like a proud mother.
Although they do contain dried fruit, they're a fab alternative for an actual Christmas pudding but that's what I love about baking. You can put in and leave out whatever ingredients you want, this recipe could essentially be used for some simple lil' chocolate cupcakes and they'd still be incredibly yummy!

If you do have a go at making these, I'd love to see them. Other than that - see you on Monday for another Blogmas post!

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  1. Good lord these are too adorable!! Hate Christmas puds but love these (obv sans dried fruit for me), such a nice simple idea :-)

    Teri-May xxx
    Acupoft.co.uk

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  2. I will admit that I had a little squeal at this! I'm super anti-Christmas pudding generally (they ruin Christmas imo..) but these look like the PERFECT substitute. Thank you for such a cute idea :)

    X

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  3. Where was mine in the post this morning? Very disappointed haha! These look gorgeous Kat and seem like the best substitute for Christmas puddings since I don't like them. I may have to recreate these like I did with the Halloween Shortbread (except I have no time at the moment *sob*)

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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    1. Sorry it mustn't have got there in time :)
      Glad you like them! x

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  4. Oh my, these look too good to eat! I'm so impressed with your decorating skills too, so cute!
    Also, I love your festive header.. it's perfect :) xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  5. You never fail to impress me with your baking posts! These looks delicious! I just saw them on Twitter and I clicked straight away because the photo did draw me in (plus, it's your post!) I would love to have a go at making these but I need to up my baking skills aha! You always decorate cakes so lovely and you've done it again with these! The header is oh-so cute too! Loved this post (as alwayssss!) xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Your comments are always so lovely and uplifting! Looove you x

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  6. I am drooling! They look amazing and now I want to bake so badly.
    P.s I love your new header :D

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  7. These are so cute! I think I'd have to put melted white chocolate on top though, just because I'm craving it haha

    x
    www.siobhanrothwell.com

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    1. Aw that'd be a fab idea if I was keen on white chocolate! x

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  8. They are the CUTEST! I'm going to run off and make some right now!

    Jem xo | JemsJournal.com | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin | Google+

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  9. These cup cakes are so easy on the eye and surely on the taste buds as well. Great job dear, I will attempt. :)

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you, glad you like them! Hope you make some! x

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  10. Ahhh these are SO cute Kat, I love them! Might try making these without the fruit. A Christmas pudding I can actually enjoy haha. X

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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    1. Aw yay, chocolate Christmas puddings! x

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  11. These look SO good!! Feeling very festive!! <3 xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

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  12. Ahhhh Kat these are the cutest things EVER! I saw them on snapchat and could not wait to read the recipe - I must try them :P
    Saira x
    throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. Hehe thank you, I was so excited to post this as I've had it planned for like a month! x

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  13. These look incredible. I'm not a fan of Christmas Pudding but this recipe sounds delicious, I'll have to give these a go! Also I spy Merryteasers in the background.. yum.

    Hannah xx

    thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I think these are probably the cutest cupcakes I've seen, ever! They're so festive looking as well. Usually I don't like cupcakes but these look so delicious, I wish I could eat them through the screen, haha

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  15. Who can say no to a chocolate cupcake, especially if they are decorated so nicely.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  16. These look amazing! How do you ever have time to make cakes look as professional as these?! X

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's very helpful having a mum who is a fab baker to lead the way haha! x

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  17. Okay these look sooooo good!!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  18. Okay these look sooooo good!!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  19. First of all, what an awesome job you did with that header hon! :) I LOVE it! It's super cute!
    I would love to add a little bit of Christmassy cuteness to my blog as well. Must sit down and do it soon (preferably before Christmas lol) :)
    Girlie, you got me at hello, those cupcakes are the cutest & the recipe sounds soooo good!!
    I will be making these for sure!
    Thanks for sharing hon!
    p.s. Awww, super sad it didn't come to my mind to send you a little DM that we were on our way to Trafford Centre! But we will definitely organise a little meet up soon! 2016, here we go ;)
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely, you should definitely add a lil Christmas spirit to your blog!
      I hope you do make some, I'd love to see. Yeah, we will definitely meet in 2016 for sure! xx

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  20. I was literally drooling while reading this post. :D I wouldn't want to eat them, because they look so adorable, haha I think I would feel sad for ruining the decoration. :) But I'm definitely going to try to make them. :)

    Amela xoxo bonjouramela.blogspot.com

    p.s I just discovered your blog and I'm already lovinin' it. Can't wait to read more!

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    1. I totally understand haha, they are pretty darn cute if I do say so myself!

      Thank you! x

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  21. Oh these look sooo cute! And tasty... I may just make some of these for Christmas day. My little cousin would love them!

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    1. Exciting!! I hope your cousin enjoys them if you do make some. x

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  22. Kattttt ughhhhhhh these look DELICIOUS. I'm salivating so much. I can't bake at all but you've got permission to pop over and bake for me?

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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    1. Of course, I'll be your own Mary Berry!

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  23. Oh these are the cutest! I wish I could taste one haha!!!

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

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  24. That header is THE CUTEST!! The cakes look amazing, so so festive and adorable. Im going to try and make them before christmas, I will let you know how they go! Have a good Sunday,
    Bethany xx

    bethanygraceo.blogspot.dk
    I return all follows and comments on my blog, so be sure to check it out :)

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    1. Ah thank you, your comment has brightened my day! x

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  25. I LOVE the new header ! What did you make it on ? :) These are so so cute, you're really talented ! I love making different bakes Christmas themed and these are so perfect especially with the little holly leaves ! I'm going to have to try it :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I made it on Photoshop! It was surprisingly easy once I got the hang of it haha.
      Thank you so much - hope you have a go! x

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  26. How gorgeous are these?? I wish I could cook! x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. So cute I hope you saved me one X

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    1. Oh my GOSH there actually are some left for you!

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  28. These look so cute! I hate traditional Christmas pudding so will have to give these a try, I think the chocolate would make them more my thing! :)

    Amy - http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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  29. Want to make these bad boys as soon as possible. They sound & look gorgeous!

    http://www.meaghan-bethany.blogspot.co.uk

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