Who hasn’t seen the Christmas movie Elf at least a couple of times? It is still one of the classic Christmas movies to watch after eating too much at Christmas dinner. But make sure to keep some room for these Elf cupcakes!
335 gr flour
25 gr unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
250 gr sugar
115 gr butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
240 ml buttermilk
Red food colour
115 gr unsalted butter, softened
225 gr cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
480 gr powdered sugar, plus more as needed
12 large orange fruit gumdrops
6 rolls chewy fruit snack, any flavour (from 4.5-oz box)
12 small green gumdrops, cut in half
12 small red gumdrops, cut in half
48 semisweet chocolate chips
160 gr powdered sugar
30-45 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food colour
How to bake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and place paper baking cups in each of the 24 regular-size muffin cups.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. While in another bowl, beat the sugar, butter and eggs together with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
4. Beat in the food colour and vanilla.
5. On a low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk into it until it is all just combined.
6. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
7. Bake them 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
8. Let the cupcakes cool for about 5 minutes before transferring them from the pan to the cooling racks.
9. Let them cool completely.
10. Frost the cupcakes with the frosting.
11. Cut each orange gumdrop in half and shape into triangles.
12. lace 2 pieces of triangle orange gumdrop on each cupcake for ears.
13. Cut each fruit snack into 4 triangles.
14. Place 1 triangle on each cupcake as a hat, folding the pointed end over.
15. With the previously reserved frosting, attach 1 green gumdrop half to the pointed end of hat. Use red gumdrops cut in half for the nose and place some chocolate chips for the eyes.
16. Pipe some red icing to create the mouth. Let it dry for a bit and serve!
1. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food colouring in a small bowl and mix. If the mixture is too thin, add some more powdered sugar. Is it too thick, add some more milk.
2. When you are happy with the consistency, pour the icing in a small piping bag.
1. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 to 3 minutes, while scraping the bowl occasionally, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
2. Stir in the vanilla, then stir in the powdered sugar. Add more powdered sugar as needed until the frosting has a thick spreadable consistency.
3. Set aside one tablespoon of the frosting. The rest can be poured into a piping bag.