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Holiday Dessert Bake-off: Liz Meissner’s Santa On His Way Cupcakes (Best Presentation)

Elizabeth Meissner’s Santa On His Way Cupcakes

Recipe:

3/4 cup soft butter

3 eggs

2 cups of flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

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1 package chocolate pudding mix

2/4 teaspoon of baking soda

3/4 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teapsoon salt

1 and 1/2 cups of sugar

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 and 1/2 cups milk (almond, soy, cows, coconut — any kind will work)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl set aside: flour, cocoa, pudding mix, soda, powder, salt.

Beat butter till fluffy and add eggs one at a time. Add sugar and vanilla. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk until combined. Pour into cupcake tins lined with cupcake wrappers, 2/3 full.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes and remove from pans. Ice and decorate

Classic buttercream icing:

2 sticks butter softened

3 cups of powdered sugar

Splash of vanilla

1/4 cup of milk or water

Directions:

Whip butter until fluffy, add sugar and milk alternately, add vanilla. Beat until creamy and spreadable: you may need more sugar or milk. Use milk sparingly—a little goes a long way. Spread on cool cupcakes.

Note: For Santa On His Way with reindeer you will need assorted decorations and sanding sugars. Feel free to be creative and use what is available to you.