I absolutely adore working in a game shop at Christmas. Seriously. The customers shouting at you because you don’t have a copy of a game that came out three years ago and they’ve left until three days before Christmas to try and find it. The queues out of the store. The constant stream of people buying consoles with a tricky combination of deals and offers, huffing and puffing when you can’t do put it through in under ten seconds. The stress from every member of the public and every member of staff. I love it. I LOVE IT. I especially love coming home from that and playing carol concerts to either self-righteous idiots or people who walk past with their eyes averted so they don’t have to give us money. I love it.
Note the sarcasm.
The best way to counteract such blues is to bake lots. I made some fantastic Christmas cupcakes, inspired by (okay, ripped off from) this recipe from BBC Good Food.
I didn’t use their cupcake recipe; I just made 24 plain ones.
I had some icing left over from making a Gingerbread house, so I coloured that green and tried to make the Christmas trees…
…but it didn’t work too well. Instead, I focused on the others.
I mixed 85g butter with 200g icing sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to make butter icing. I then spread a little on each cupcake.
I had bought an awful lot of stuff to decorate these with — and by an awful lot I mean some Silver Spoon writing icing, chocolate buttons and white chocolate buttons — and with them was able to make snowmen…
…and Christmas puddings.
I can’t take all of the credit, though. Garry looked like he had a jolly good time decorating them too.
Bless him. There’s a Flickr photoset of us making the cupcakes here. They’re easy to make, are very yummy, and look utterly adorable. Or at least I think they do, anyway.