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    Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

    Fun festive cupcakes perfect to make with the kids!

    Difficulty

    Easy

    Serves

    20

    Prep Time

    30 minutes

    Cooking Time

    20 minutes

    "Make Christmas extra special with these velvety sponges topped with sweet, creamy, striped peppermint frosting."

    Here's what you'll need...

    4 medium free range eggs
    250g self-raising flour
    250g caster sugar
    250g margarine
    2 tbsp (15g) cocoa powder
    3 tsp natural red food colouring gel
    120ml whole milk
    250g goat's butter (you can use normal butter but it will give a more yellow frosting)
    1 tsp peppermint extract
    750g icing sugar

    Tip: Use Christmas inspired cake cases for that extra festive feel!

    Set Oven Temp: 180C/Gas Mark 4

    Here's how it's done... Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan). Put the eggs, flour, sugar, margarine, cocoa, food colouring and half the milk in a large bowl. Use an electric whisk to beat until fluffy and smooth.

    Step 2

    Line a couple of muffin trays with 20 muffin cases and fill each one evenly with batter.

    Step 3

    Place in the oven for 20 minutes until springy on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Step 4

    Beat the goat's butter and peppermint essence in a clean bowl to loosen.

    Step 5

    Tip the whipped butter and remaining milk into the icing sugar. Whisk the frosting until light, airy and doubled in size.

    Step 6

    Put a nozzle in a piping bag, then paint three stripes of colouring inside the bag, these will form your stripes.

    Step 7

    Spoon the frosting into the piping bag.

    Step 8

    Pipe the frosting on top of the cakes in generous swirls from the outside towards the middle.

    Step 9

    Add any cake toppers you like for an extra Christmassy touch.

    Enjoy!