Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Gingerbread Figures

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Gingerbread Figures
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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
50 min.
Preparation

Ingredients

for
12
For the cupcakes
2 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour (sifted)
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ cup butter (softened)
½ cup sugar
1 Orange (zested)
For the buttercream
¼ cup unsalted butter
7 tablespoons cream (38% fat)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
red Food coloring
To decorate
12 mini Gingerbread cookie (men)
36 red Chocolate bean
36 white Chocolate bean
1 tube white Icing (for decorating)
tiny Gingerbread man
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Preparation steps

1.
For the cupcakes: heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350° F gas 4. Place paper cases in a 12 hole bun tin.
2.
Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until well combined. Alternatively beat well with a wooden spoon.
3.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for about 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
4.
For the buttercream: beat the butter until soft and creamy. Beat in the cream and vanilla until blended.
5.
Sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Put half the mixture into a bowl and add a few drops of red food colouring.
6.
Spoon the buttercream into 2 piping bags. Pipe a circle of red buttercream around the top of each cake.
7.
Pipe a swirl of white buttercream in the centre of each cake.
8.
Pipe 'faces' and squiggles on each gingerbread man with the white decorating icing. Use a dab of icing to attach chocolate beans as in the 'photo.
9.
Place a gingerbread man on top of each cake. Scatter the tiny gingerbread men over the buttercream.