100g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
125g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Few drops strawberry essence or flavouring
Pink food colour
125g icing sugar, sifted
60g cream cheese
150g white chocolate drops
Dried strawberry pieces
A little extra icing sugar, for dusting
1 tube red writing icing
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Bend your knee and swear an oath to this most sacred of snacks – whether you follow the Old Gods or bask in the light of the Seven, this cupcake will make you a true believer
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted/350°F/Gas mark 4). Place 6 large paper cases into a muffin or bun tin.
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Put all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl except the food colouring and beat well together, first with a wooden spoon, then with a whisk until properly mixed and smooth, adding the food colour gradually until a strong pink is obtained.
With an ice-cream scoop or large spoon, divide the mix among the paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before decorating.
Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment on medium-slow speed until they come together and are well mixed.
Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating for at least 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Spoon or pipe the cream cheese icing on top of the cold cakes.
Melt the white chocolate very gently over hot water. Transfer to a piping bag with a small plain nozzle and pipe the tree shapes onto the paper. Carefully add strawberry pieces to the branches and use the red writing icing to make the treesí faces, then chill until firm.
Remove the trees from the fridge, peel carefully off the paper and push gently into the cakes. Press a few strawberry pieces into the cupcake icing. Dust the trees and cakes with a little sifted icing sugar.
Once finished, take a moment alone with your treats to sit in their shade and contemplate all the bloodshed that has come before and is yet to come.