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Make with the Kids: Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes and Fruity Christmas Cakes

Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes, and Fruity Christmas cakes perfect for making with children over the festive season! Made with Fruit Bowl’s Strawberry Peelers for a fun twist on the classic cupcake and their Fruity Christmas Cake, made with a mixture of Fruit Flakes and Peelers!

Make with the Kids: Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes and Fruity Christmas Cakes

Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

Total cooking time: 45 minutes

Servings: 12

You will need:

  • 2 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Strawberry Peelers

  • 260g butter

  • 110g caster sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 110g self-raising flour

  • 300g icing sugar

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • Edible eyes

  • 24 pretzels

  • 12 Christmas cupcake cases


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4

  2. Beat 110g of the butter and all of the caster sugar together until fluffy

  3. Whisk in the eggs

  4. Add the flour and stir until combined

  5. Place the cases in a cupcake tray

  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cases

  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer placed in the centre of each cake comes out clean

  8. Leave on a wire rack to cool

  9. Meanwhile, make the butter cream. Whisk the remaining butter until soft

  10. Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder and mix until smooth

  11. Once the cakes are cool, pipe the butter cream on top using a thick nozzle

  12. Chop each Fruit Bowl Strawberry Peeler into 6 so you have 12 pieces

  13. Push one of the Peeler pieces into the centre of the butter cream on each cake

  14. Take two pretzels and place on the top of the cupcake to make antlers

  15. Finally, place two of the edible eyes between the antlers and the peeler to create your Christmas reindeer!

Fruity Christmas Cake

Total cooking time: 3 and a half hours

Servings: 15

You will need:

  • 10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Strawberry Fruit Flakes

  • 10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Raspberry Fruit Flakes

  • 10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes

  • 5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Peelers

  • 5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Strawberry Peelers

  • 5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Raspberry Peelers

  • 250g softened butter

  • 150g light soft brown sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 100g mixed peel

  • 200g raisins

  • 250g self-raising flour

  • 60g ground almonds

  • 50ml apple or orange juice

  • 1 and a half tablespoons of golden syrup

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon of jam or marmalade

  • Additional tablespoon of caster sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon for decoration

  • Baking parchment

  • 20cm high sided cake tin


  1. Preheat your oven to 165 degrees/gas mark 3

  2. Mix the sugar and butter in a bowl

  3. In a jug, mix the apple juice, eggs and golden syrup together

  4. Gradually add the wet mixture to the butter and sugar until combined, then add the flour, almonds and spices until mixed through

  5. Take your Fruit Bowl Peelers, and chop each peeler into six pieces

  6. Add to the mixture along with the Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes, mixed peel and raisins and combine until well distributed throughout the mixture

  7. Line the base and sides of the cake tin with two layers of your greaseproof paper, leaving additional paper sticking out the top to protect the cake when it rises

  8. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and place in the oven for one hour

  9. Reduce the oven temperature to 150 degrees and cook for another two hours, check on the cake and cover with greaseproof paper if necessary to stop the top going too dark

  10. After three hours check the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle, if it comes out clean the cake is cooked

  11. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack

  12. Once the cake is cool, take a piece of baking parchment and cut out a star stencil by folding it in half and cutting half a star along the fold, leaving paper at the top and bottom

  13. Place the star over the cake and brush the star shape very lightly with jam

  14. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the jam then remove the stencil to uncover a sparkling Christmas star

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