Whether we are lucky to have a white Christmas or not – my melting snowman cupcakes can be enjoyed by all the family. Fun to make too and of course a great alternative for all those who don’t like traditional fruit cake!
In the bakery we have been baking fruit cakes since July! December is our busiest month for making fairy cakes . We decorate them with Santas, trees, parcels, little Christmas puddings, robins and Rudolphs. We sell them in Waitrose, Harrods and Selfridges.
Melting Snowman Cupcake Recipe
Not everyone wants to eat fruit cake at Christmas, and this simple Fridge Cake no baking required] is a simple way to get kids involved.
For the Cake
- 110g unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for the tin
- 150g plain biscuits
- 90g golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 50g 50% cocoa solids chocolate, broken into pieces
- 150g chocolates and sweets (I used mini marshmallows, crushed honeycomb chocolate bars, malted chocolate balls and caramel chocolates)
- 20 foil fairy cake cases
- Crush the biscuits into small pieces by placing them in a polythene bag and bashing with a rolling pin.
- In a small pan, very gently melt together the butter, sugar, syrup, cocoa and chocolate. Remove from the heat and cool until tepid. Add the biscuits and stir in the chocolates and sweets.
- Place the cases in 2 fairy cake trays. Pack the cake mixture into the cases so that each is slightly domed and place in the refrigerator to set.
For the Decoration
- 600g white sugar paste
- Icing sugar, to dust
- 6cm round cutter
- Small bag white royal icing
- Small bag black royal icing
- Small bag red royal icing
- 40 mini chocolate beans
- Assorted strands, laces and long striped sweets
- To make the snowmen’s heads, roll 20 balls of white sugar paste (each about the size of a cherry). Dust a work top and rolling pin with icing sugar and roll out the remaining sugar paste to 5mm thick. Using the cutter, cut out 20 circles. Place 1 on to each cake and smooth into place. Using the white royal icing, stick a snowman’s head on to each cake. Allow to dry for a few hours.
- Pipe 2 black eyes and a red nose on to each snowman, then, using royal icing, stick on 2 mini bean buttons. Finish by twisting a length of sweet around the neck of each snowman, holding in place with a little more royal icing.
- Although this is a fridge cake, once you have made your snowmen using sugar paste, store at room temperature only. Sugar paste does not like the fridge – it will become very sticky! Never store in an air tight container or tin as they will sweat. It is best to store them in a box.
- Use my picture only as inspiration – why not give your snowmen little hats and carrot noses (modelled in coloured sugar paste) – make each one different.
- Use your own selection of sweets and chocolates – all need to be small scale of course. Pack into a little box, tie up with a ribbon as a lovely edible gift.