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Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Gingerbread Figures

Recipe author: EAT SMARTER
Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Gingerbread Figures
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512
calories
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50 min.
Preparation
easy
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Ingredients

for 12 cakes
For the cupcakes
2
1 cup
½ teaspoon
½ cup
butter (softened)
½ cup
1
Orange (zested)
For the buttercream
¼ cup
7 tablespoons
cream (38% fat)
½ teaspoon
3 ½ cups
To decorate
12
mini Gingerbread cookie (men)
36
36
1 tube
white Icing (for decorating)
tiny gingerbread men
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Preparation steps

Step 1/9
For the cupcakes: heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350° F gas 4. Place paper cases in a 12 hole bun tin.
Step 2/9
Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until well combined. Alternatively beat well with a wooden spoon.
Step 3/9
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.
Step 4/9
For the buttercream: beat the butter until soft and creamy. Beat in the cream and vanilla until blended.
Step 5/9
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.
Step 6/9
Spoon the buttercream into 2 piping bags. Pipe a circle of red buttercream around the top of each cake.
Step 7/9
Pipe a swirl of white buttercream in the centre of each cake.
Step 8/9
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.
Step 9/9
Place a gingerbread man on top of each cake. Scatter the tiny gingerbread men over the buttercream.