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18/12/2013 04:50 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

Three Easy Christmas Recipes You Can Make With The Kids

You don't have to be a kitchen whizz to start cooking with your kids - in fact not getting it right can be the best fun. Celebrity mum Kate Garraway has three easy recipes to inspire you...

Chocolate Snowman Cup Cakes (10-12 servings)

choc snowman cupcake

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes

115g (4 oz) Flora Buttery

115g (4 oz) castor sugar

2 eggs, medium

115g (4 oz) self-raising flour

25g (1 oz) cocoa powder, mixed with 2 dessertspoons water

Icing

55g (2 oz) Flora Buttery

225g icing sugar, sieved

1 tablespoon milk

50g white chocolate, melted

Decoration

55g (2 oz) desiccated coconut

Orange cake decorations or coloured fondant for nose, chocolate buttons and drops for eyes and hat

  • Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas mark 4.
  • Weigh your eggs. Note the weight and measure the same amount of Flora, sugar and flour. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon 2 – 3 minutes until well mixed. Place dessertspoons of the mixture in 10-12 paper cases or greased bun tins.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until soft and springy to touch. Cool on a wire tray.
  • Mix icing ingredients together and spread over the cakes. Sprinkle with coconut and decorate as a snowman face using the buttons cut in half for the hat, the chocolate drops for eyes and orange decoration for nose.

Rudolf Red Velvet Cupcakes (10-12 servings)

rudolf red velvet cupcake

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

115g (4 oz) Flora Buttery

115g (4 oz) caster sugar

2 eggs, medium

115g (4 oz) self-raising flour

15g (½ oz) cocoa powder

30ml red food colouring (gel is best)

Icing

55g (2 oz) Flora Buttery

225g icing sugar, sieved

1-2 tablespoons milk

25g (1 oz) cocoa powder

Decoration

White chocolate buttons and plain chocolate drops

Pretzels

Red sweets

  • Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas mark 4.
  • Weigh your eggs. Note the weight and measure the same amount of Flora, sugar and flour. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon 2–3 minutes until well mixed. Place dessertspoons of the mixture in 10 paper cases or greased bun tins.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until soft and springy to touch. Cool on a wire tray.
  • Mix icing ingredients together and spread over the cakes. Decorate using pretzels for antlers, chocolate buttons and drops for eyes and red sweets for the nose.

All in one vanilla cupcakes (10-12 servings)

vanilla cupcakes

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

150g Flora Buttery

150g caster sugar

3 eggs

150g self-raising flour

115g icing Sugar

  • Turn oven on to 175°C.
  • Put everything except the icing sugar into a big bowl and mix well.
  • Pop into paper cases and bake for 10–12 minutes. Leave to cool.
  • Mix water with the icing sugar a little at a time until its smooth.
  • Top the cakes with a teaspoon of icing each.

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