These cute Christmas Elves Cupcakes are a great recipe to get the kids involved, put on some Christmas songs and get into the festive spirit! Combine our Velvety Vanilla Icing with our Vanilla Cake Mix to create these delicious and adorable Elf Cupcakes from Betty Crocker™.
All You Need Is ...
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix
- Vegetable oil, water and eggs called for on the cake mix box
- 150g dark or milk chocolate chips
- 2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Icing
- 2 teaspoons green food colouring paste or gel
- 24 round ice cream cones
- 3 tablespoons red sprinkles
- 24 large cashew nuts, halved
- Edible pink glitter spray
- 48 edible candy eyeballs
- Edible gold glitter spray
Betty's Easy Steps
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Line 2 x 12 cupcake trays with brown cupcake cases.
- Make up the cake mix as directed on the cake mix box using the oil, water and eggs, then stir in the chocolate chips. Bake and cool as directed on the cake mix box.
- For the decoration, spoon 1 tub of the vanilla icing into a bowl and colour with green food colouring (see Tip). Spoon the remaining icing into a disposable piping bag and snip off the end (leaving a 1cm round hole). Pipe a circle of the uncoloured icing around the outside edge of each cupcake, leaving the centre free.
- Using a small palette knife spread the green icing over the ice cream cones and dip the top of each cone into the sprinkles to give a red border around the top edge. Invert each cone onto a cupcake.
- For ears, spray the cashew nuts with the pink glitter and arrange either side of the cones in the icing. Add 2 eyeballs, pushing gently into the vanilla icing, and spray the top of each cone with gold glitter for the finishing touch. Eat immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
- Food colourings all differ in strength, so try colouring the icing with 1 teaspoon to begin with and add more if you need or want a stronger colour.
- Mix it up and do some elves with red hats and green trim.
- You will need to hold a small section of the cone when you are icing it, so once it is on the cupcake, carefully ice over those parts to complete the coverage.