With the big day just around the corner, there's still time to make a little something special to share with your friends and family on Christmas eve or Christmas day. We're all pretty busy this time of year. There's food to prepare, gifts to be wrapped and stockings to be stuffed. I've come up with a few super easy ways to decorate your cupcakes for Christmas. And don't worry if you're not very handy with a piping bag - I've also made a couple of cute little toppers that you can just stick right on top of your cupcake. Here's a few really simple ideas to decorate some cupcakes for Christmas.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
These really are as simple as they look. Pipe a big swirl of green icing onto your cupcake for the tree, then add some sprinkles for the lights, and finally cut out a little star from sugar paste or fondant to top it all off. Pretty cute huh? (Excuse my icing, it looks a bit dry but it really wasn't!)
Christmas Pudding Cupcakes
Christmas puddings are a staple on every Christmas table in the UK, but they're not very common in North America. They're traditionally made with dried fruit, spices and brandy, but are a bit labour intensive and can require up to 8 hours of steaming before they're done the first phase of cooking. Christmas puddings are made months ahead of time, and are then stored in a cool dark place (as one recipe states: "under the bed in an unheated bedroom is an ideal place") until the big day. They're traditionally served with a custard or brandy sauce poured over top, and garnished with a sprig of holly. If you're like me and can't be bothered with all that fuss, and I much prefer the taste (and ease) of a chocolate cupcake then give these decorated Christmas Pudding Cupcakes. Cover your cupcake with chocolate icing, take a dollop of white icing and spread it around so it looks like it's running down the top of the cupcakes, and then top it off with a few pieces of holly that have been cut out from sugar paste of fondant. Easy, and no piping bag required!
Gingerbread Man Cupcakes
You've got 2 choices with these, but both require a mini gingerbread cutter. Last year I got a package of 12 mini gingerbread man cookie cutters, each one in a different position. I didn't get around to making gingerbread men this year, so I just used some sugar paste that I tinted brown. You can use either sugar paste, fondant or gingerbread for your little men, and then use some little sprinkles for a face and buttons.
Here are the two fondant plunger cutters I used for the star and holly decorations. They're sold in packs 3 stars and 3 holly leaves, each in a different size. I kinda forgot to take a picture of all my little gingerbread men. I got them at TK Maxx last year, but still see them there every few months.
If you're more of a cupcake topper fan, then you can give these ones a try.
I purchased some pre-tied bows from the fabric store and just glued a toothpick onto the back of them. Simple. But if you're in more of a crafty mood you might want to making the little reindeer toppers.
I picked up a pack of little gingham print wooden reindeer and a pack pre-tied tiny green and silver bows from Hobby Craft - each were only £1. Simply trim the bows and glue them onto the reindeer using a glue gun. Once they've cooled, flip them over and glue a toothpick onto the back.
These are so easy to make, and I think they're really something different than a regular cupcake decorated using only icing. There's just something very fun and whimsical about them. So I've you've got a bit of spare time in the next day or so, give one of these cupcake ideas a try!