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Holiday cupcakes to delight everyone: No crumb will be left

The best holiday muffins and cupcakes
The best holiday muffins and cupcakes
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2:12 PM EST, December 1, 2022, updated: 11:46 AM EST, December 1, 2023

Holiday cupcakes are more than just mini-desserts. They can double up as wonderful decorations for the holiday table. Explore our recipes for easy-to-make cupcakes that are sure to delight everyone with their delectable taste.

Below, you will find inspiring recipes for mouthwatering muffins and holiday cupcakes. These treats stand out for their spicy notes that encapsulate what we love about the festive season. Some of our recipes include gingerbread muffins paired with chocolate, pumpkin with plum mousse, and cupcakes adorned with green mousse. These flavor combinations beautifully embody the spirit of the upcoming holidays.

How can you bake the best holiday cupcakes?

Whether you're making muffins or holiday cupcakes, they should add a pop of color to your holiday table. Mix different flavors and colors, experiment with bold decorations, and have fun baking these pastries. Cupcakes are not only delectable treats but also a delightful way to get the kids involved in preparing festive meals.

What should you keep in mind while baking holiday cupcakes? It's important to remember not to take them out of the oven immediately after baking. This can cause them to fall, so it's best to let the cupcakes cool in the oven with the door slightly open. Also, avoid overmixing the batter as this might cause the cupcakes to deflate during baking. For fluffy cupcakes, you can add a splash of carbonated water to the batter.

Easy and simple recipes for Christmas muffins and cupcakes

Christmas gingerbread-chocolate muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 oz butter,
  • 7 oz all-purpose flour,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 9 fl oz milk,
  • 5.3 oz sugar,
  • 1 pkg. vanilla sugar,
  • 1 tablespoon gingerbread spice,
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa,
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder,
  • A pinch of salt,
  • 3.5 oz chocolate.

Preparation:

  1. Melt and cool the butter. Once cool, add the eggs, milk, and whisk the mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar, vanilla sugar, a pinch of salt, and gingerbread spice.
  3. Slowly add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Finally, add finely chopped chocolate.
  4. Place muffin liners in the muffin tin and fill each one with the dough (this will make about 9 cupcakes).
  5. Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven at 356 degrees F for about 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Gingerbread-Chocolate Muffins
Gingerbread-Chocolate Muffins© Adobe Stock

Christmas cupcakes decorated with cream

Ingredients:

  • 8.8 oz all-purpose flour,
  • 5.3 oz butter,
  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate,
  • Half a teaspoon of baking soda,
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder,
  • 6 fl oz milk,
  • 3 eggs,
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract,
  • 3.5 oz sugar,
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa,
  • A pinch of salt,
  • 7 oz mascarpone cheese,
  • 7 fl oz 30% cream,
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar,
  • Green food coloring,
  • Colorful decorations and sprinkles.

Preparation:

  1. Melt and cool the butter. When cool, mix it with the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, a pinch of salt, sugar.
  3. Gently combine all ingredients from both bowls, adding the chopped chocolate. Mix the dough thoroughly to avoid lumps.
  4. Spoon the prepared dough into cupcake liners and bake at 356 degrees F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Mix the mascarpone cheese, cream, powdered sugar, and green food coloring thoroughly.
  6. Put the prepared mixture into a piping bag and decorate the cupcakes to resemble trees. Add other decorative elements, such as sugar stars.
Holiday cupcakes decorated with cream
Holiday cupcakes decorated with cream© Adobe Stock

Christmas pumpkin-orange muffins with plum

Ingredients:

  • 8.8 oz flour,
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder,
  • 10.6 oz baked and blended pumpkin,
  • 1 orange,
  • 3.5 fl oz milk,
  • 3.5 oz butter,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 5.3 oz sugar,
  • 1 cream pudding in powder form,
  • A pinch of salt,
  • 3-4 tablespoons of plum jam.

Preparation:

  1. Grate the orange zest and squeeze out the juice (approx. 1.7 fl oz).
  2. Blend the pumpkin, milk, and orange juice into a smooth paste.
  3. Melt and cool the butter, then combine it with the eggs and orange zest. Add the pumpkin paste to the mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and pudding powder.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and slowly stir with a spoon until you achieve a uniform dough.
  6. Spoon the dough into cupcake liners (makes about 12 muffins). Place a teaspoon of jam in the middle of each, partially sinking the spoon into the batter.
  7. Gently stir the ingredients with a thin utensil to create a fancy pattern with the jam.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 356 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Pumpkin muffins with orange and plum jam
Pumpkin muffins with orange and plum jam© Adobe Stock
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