If there's one thing that I could put on toast every single day and not get bored of it - it's Biscuit Spread, and so when I was making cupcakes that I intended to add some Nutella Buttercream to; I inwardly scolded myself for not thinking of this sooner - Biscuit Spread buttercream. Welcome to the start of the recipe of potentially the best Winter cupcakes to grace the Earth - you're so welcome.
Katy and I made a really basic base, we mixed 150g of spread, 150g self raising flour and 150g caster sugar with 3 eggs, a teaspoon of milk and a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then beat them until smooth (I recommend sieving the ingredients in, we didn't and our cakes had some air pockets in). We then stuck them in the oven in cake cases at around 140 degrees for give or take 20-25 minutes (until they sprung back and a toothpick came out clean). We then settled down and made some buttercream (ingenius, just ingenius.)
I used a recipe based on this Nutella Buttercream one to make the Biscuit Spread buttercream - although I did use the crunchy biscuit spread as I found that it just added a little something to break up the cake a little bit. Basically we mixed in a cp of butter and then 3.5 cups of icing sugar (add the sugar half a cup at a time to prevent throwing it all over the kitchen) and then beat until lighter in colour and fluffy. To stop it being too savory tasting add a tablespoon of vanilla extract, and then half a cup of biscuit spread (like I said, we used crunchy but feel free to use smooth.) Then, to thin the buttercream out, add about two tablespoons of milk (although you might need a little more, we did).
When your cakes are completely cooled, ice them with the buttercream (as we used crunchy it was quite chunky, so I opted to just spread ours instead of attempting to pipe) and then top with decorations, we chose Caramac Buttons in order to keep within our colour theme. Voilé, perfect Christmassy cupcakes - or all year round, if biscuit spread and cinnamon are your thing!
Let me know your favourite baking recipes of the season!