• Serves: 20
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

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

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Use Christmas inspired cake cases for that extra festive feel!

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SET OVEN TEMP: 180C/GAS MARK 4

HERE'S HOW IT'S DONE...

  • 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.

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  • 2

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

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  • 3

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

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  • 4

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

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  • 5

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

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  • 6

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

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  • 7

    Spoon the frosting into the piping bag.

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  • 8

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

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  • 9

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

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    Enjoy!

     

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By Emily Leary on 27.11.15

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