Chanukah is probably the best known Jewish holiday, so why not celebrate with some home-made delicious cupcakes? Chanukah is an 8 day long festival, starting on the 25th of November, or Kislev as it's known amongst Jews. It's extremely popular, especially because of its proximity to Christmas, so celebrating with some great cupcakes will be a fantastic way to kick off this festival.
Chanukah is also known as The Festival of Lights, so this could be a great place to start for your cupcakes. How about some stars? Stars are the perfect symbol for a festival of lights. There's a fantastic recipe for really light, beautiful cupcakes in lovely pastel colors below, so consider picking up some of the ingredients while you're getting your party supplies!
For the decorations, you will need: 8.8oz of ready-to-roll white icing, claret and mint green edible paste food coloring, small silver colored dragees, and edible glitter.
For the cupcakes, you will need: 4oz softened butter (cubed), 4oz golden caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 4.4oz self-raising flour, 0.8oz ground almonds, ½ teaspoon almond extract.
For the icing, you will need: 8.8oz of fondant icing sugar, claret and mint green edible food coloring.
This recipe makes 12 cupcakes in total.
For the decorations: slice off a quarter of the ready-to-roll icing (wrap the rest to prevent it drying out) then color one half of it pastel pink and one half pastel green. Wrap both colors in cling film.
On a work surface lightly sprinkled with icing sugar, roll out the reserved white icing. Cut out 12 white stars using an 3” diameter star cutter. (You will need to re-roll the trimmings.) Place a 1.6” star cutter in the centre of one star and cut out a smaller star, so you have a large cut-out star and a smaller star. Repeat to give 12 cut-out and 12 smaller white stars. Keep re-rolling the trimmings to give you enough white stars.
Press a few silver dragees into the smallest white stars and lay all the stars on a large board lined with baking parchment.
Using a 2” star cutter, roll out the pink and green icings and cut out 6 stars from each color. Lay them by the white stars, brush each one with a little edible glitter, then leave them all to dry and firm up, about 1½-2 hrs.
For the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 320F and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with silver paper cases.
Tip the butter, sugar, eggs and flour into a large bowl and beat together with an electric hand mixer for 1½-2 minutes until the mixture is light and well mixed. Using a large metal spoon, lightly fold in the ground almonds and almond extract.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes until risen. Leave in the tin for a couple of minutes, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack and leave until cold.
For the icing: stir about 2 tablespoons water into the fondant icing sugar to give a smooth, thickish icing. Remove half to a second bowl and color one batch pastel pink and the other pastel green, using the edible food colorings. Spoon the icings over the cooled cakes so that the tops are almost covered and leave to set for a few minutes.
Arrange one large white star, one medium colored star (using pink stars on the green iced cakes, and green stars on the pink iced ones) then one small white star on top of each cupcake, securing with a little of the fondant icing if necessary.
And there you have fantastic Chanukah cupcakes that everyone will love, whether you're simply giving them to your family, or your whole neighborhood!
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