Cupcake Christmas Puddings recipe
Aren't they just the cutest things?
We love the look of Christmas Puddings but not the actual cake itself. It's so quintessentially British dahhhlings, but currants, raisins, liquor, and all that mess standing for some twelve odd weeks waiting to be eaten just isn't in the cards for us.
If I'm gonna eat cake, it better be chocolate! (Or lemon creme, but let's not get off track...) lol
This is a proper Christmas Pudding
Are you ready?
Go buy yourself a silicon cake pop mold and baking spray-- we got our at a discount store TKMax, yes- like TJMax. In Britain it's TK, don't ask me why.
Spray it well with PAM or other baking spray - so cake batter doesn't stick to your mold. Nothing makes me cuss more than that.
Well, ok so other things make me cuss too, but you know what I mean.
Batter Recipe (allergen free)
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cups cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup veg oil
1 tbs vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups water
Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in a standard mixing bowl, then add the dry and mix well. It will be quite wet, that's ok. Don't worry. Continue as below with baking.
Pour your batter mix into the mold AFTER putting it onto a baking tray of some sort. I used my pizza tray because it was right there. Fill it up all the way to the brim, then put the top on.
*The rounder you want your cakes the more you will need to fill it up to the top.
Bake at 350F or 180C for about 12 minutes.
Get your icing mix going while waiting on the cakes to bake.
I used Wilton's Meringue Powder mix.
1.5TB powder mix
2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
3 TB water
Mix at a slow speed for 8 minutes.
Put 1/3 of icing into a bowl for white.
1/3 for green
1/3 for red
Use toothpicks to decorate the puddings, adding the white first for the icing bit, then the green for the holly, and finally the red dots for berries.
All this festive spirit had us ready for a party.
We were meant to have a night at my husband's Xmas party for work. It didn't work out, I blame the sugar baking ordeal as now I seem quite sensitive to sugar. My tummy hurt so we left after ten minutes, but hey ho-at least we got dressed up and gave it a go.
Anyways, I was pleased to be so frugal--I wore the same dress I wore to Winter Formal in High School. Yes, twenty years ago.
Don't ask me why I still have this dress. I just do.
Here I am wearing the dress in 1994.
(Making a weird face too, lovely.)
Thanks Mom for sending me the pics. Good memories indeed. Oh, and there's my BFFandE (best friend forever and ever) on the left side there.
And here I am wearing it in 2013.
I guess it's a good thing I liked it so much, and a good thing these two little ones keep me running around after them.
ISAgenix helps too. ;)
See you soon friends.
Go make some puddings!