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Day 18 AUSTRALIA | The Langham, Melbourne's Christmas Recipe

AUSTRALIA | The Langham, Melbourne’s Christmas Recipe

We are currently serving a Christmas themed High Tea called “Love, Peace, Scones” which features a beautiful Christmas tree cupcake. 

Cupcake Ingredients

12 mini ice cream cones
¾ cup cocoa powder
1½ cups flour
1½ cups sugar
1½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1½ cups warm water
¾ cup buttermilk
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil
¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
Icing sugar, for sprinkling

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 165°c.
  2. Line a 12-cup mini-muffin tin with cupcake wrappers
  3. Whisk together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
  4. Whisk together eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl
  5. With a mixer on low speed, gradually add egg mixture to flour mixture, beating until just combined
  6. Raise speed to medium, and beat for 3 minutes
  7. Carefully pour batter into cupcake wrappers, filling each two-thirds full (these will be the tree bases)
  8. Bake until a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean (approx. 15 minutes)
  9. Let cupcakes cool on a wire rack
  10. Use a serrated knife to trim top of each cupcake to create a flat surface
  11. Place a dab of frosting on top of each cupcake, and position an ice cream cone on top
  12. Place frosting in a bag fitted with a small star tip and pipe frosting decoratively all over ‘tree’
  13. Sprinkle with icing sugar
  14. Top each tree with a mini gingerbread star

Cupcake Icing Ingredients

450g cream cheese, room temperature
3 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Cupcake Icing Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until very smooth, 3 to 4 minutes
  2. Add sugar, and beat for 2 minutes
  3. Beat in vanilla

Trees can be refrigerated, uncovered, for up to 6 hours before serving.

For the full Love, Peace, Scones High Tea experience, find out more here. Check out all our Christmas specials on our Blog and check out our Flavours of the Festive Season Pinterest board.

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