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Baking with Kids: Holiday Cupcake Decorating Bar

posted: 12/02/16
by: TLCme

Christmas Memories with DC Cupcakes

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Katherine, Sophie and Mommy talk about the joys of baking at Christmas. Happy holidays from DC Cupcakes!

Setting up a festive holiday cupcake decorating bar is a fun, creative - and delicious -activity for kids at holiday parties! Choose kid-friendly cupcake flavors such as chocolate or vanilla (or a combination) and pair with our signature vanilla buttercream and a variety of cupcake toppings in red, white, and green! Let kids use their imaginations to decorate festive holiday cupcakes by choosing their own frostings and toppings!

Georgetown Cupcake
Georgetown Cupcake


Ingredients / Components:

  • Unfrosted Chocolate or Vanilla cupcakes - 1 or 2 per child (cupcake recipes below)
  • Frosting Bags of Vanilla Buttercream, tinted red, white, or green- 1 per child (frosting recipes below)
  • Red, White, and Green holiday-themed cupcake toppings, such as:
  • Candy nonpareils
  • Sanding sugar
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Crushed peppermint
  • Fondant pieces (such as snowflakes, etc.)
  • Holiday candies
  • Warm fudge or caramel topping


Decorating Bar Instructions:

  1. Cover a table surface with a tablecloth or sheets of parchment paper.
  1. Decorate table with seasonal decorations.
  1. Place frosting bags and assorted cupcake toppings around the table within easy reach of each child.
  1. Place unfrosted cupcakes on a pedestal or a small plate at each child's station.
  1. Kids can frost their own cupcakes by applying a signature swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake and can mix and match frosting colors.
  1. Kids can decorate and personalize their own cupcakes by choosing their own holiday cupcake toppings and enjoy!
Georgetown Cupcake
Georgetown Cupcake

Georgetown Cupcake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Makes 18 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350?F. Line a cupcake pan with twelve paper baking cups, and a second pan with six baking cups.
  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, and set aside.
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  1. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.
  1. Combine the vanilla and milk in a large liquid measuring cup.
  1. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one third of the milk mixture, beating slowly until well incorporated. Add another third of the flour mixture, followed by another third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined.
  1. Add the cocoa powder, beating on low speed just until incorporated.
  1. Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, fill each baking cup so that it is two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes (start checking at 15 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.


Georgetown Cupcake Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350?F. Line a cupcake pan with twelve paper baking cups.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.

  5. Combine the vanilla and milk in a large liquid measuring cup.

  6. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one third of the milk mixture, beating slowly until well incorporated. Add another third of the flour mixture, followed by another third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined.

  7. Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, fill each baking cup so that it is two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes (start checking at 15 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.


Georgetown Cupcake Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Makes enough for 18 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon non-taste red or green food coloring

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Beat until well combined or until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  2. Transfer the frosting into a plastic piping bag, fitted with a round metal tip. Tie the top of piping bag with a holiday ribbon for a festive touch!
Georgetown Cupcake
Georgetown Cupcake