Christmas Cooking - Cupcakes

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novelty-christmas-cupcakesWe had great fun recently making cupcakes for Halloween and so I thought we could do the same for Christmas. It is a little bit sad that no-one involved was under the age of 20 so maybe we shouldn?t have enjoyed ourselves so much doing something that really is to do with children. Anyway I have used a file photograph as we haven?t made the Christmas ones yet. Somehow I don?t think they will turn out as good as these but we will give it a go.

110g butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180?C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
For the decoration we cheated and bought a packet of icing and food colouring and the fun began. We are definitely going to do a penguin!