These adorable Rudolf cupcakes are sure to be a hit with the kids this christmas.
200g plain flour
180g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
175g Unsalted Butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
150ml sour cream, room temperature
200g milk chocolate
1/2 cup sour cream
12 large milk chocolate buttons
24 white chocolate buttons
12 red Smarties
Black icing pens
6- 8 pretzels, broken into halves
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with brown or red patty cases.
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, bi carb soda, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla and sour cream in a food processor. Process for 1 minute or until a thick batter forms. Divide the batter evenly between the patty cases until they are each ¾ full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cupcakes have risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tray for 5 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To make the icing, place the chocolate and sour cream in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon for 3 minutes or until the chocolate melts and becomes smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat.
Place a large milk chocolate button in the center of each cupcake. Place two white chocolate buttons on top for eyes, using a little ganache to stick them on securely. Add a red Smartie for the nose, again using the ganache to help secure the Smartie. Use the black icing pen to draw eyes in the centre of the white chocolate buttons, and then insert two half pretzels in the cupcake for antlers.