Christmas cupcakes, baking hacks and how-to-guides for easy festive treats


The festive fun is just around the corner and we’ve got an ultimate guide to help you be the host with the most for your party or catch-up of the year! We know how quickly those weekends go in the lead-up to the festive season and the last thing you want is to be spending your weekends searching for ideas for catering or desserts for the whole family.

That’s where we can help. Read on to discover our baking hacks and how-to guides for easy Christmas Treats! From cute little hot chocolate choc-chip muffins and melting snowman cupcakes to brilliant Santa hat brownies - we are sure there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

Santa Hat Brownies 

These cute little brownies will be the perfect treat for your sweet-toothed guests to enjoy. 

Here’s what you’ll need 

  • Great Temptations Chocolate Brownies
  • Punnet of Fresh Strawberries 
  • Canned or fresh whipped cream or small marshmallows

Grab your festive plate and place the Great Temptations Chocolate Brownies on the plate. Cut the tops off your strawberries and place them upside down on the brownie bites. With a small piping bag or a can of whipped cream, place small dots around the base of the strawberry and the one on top! 

If you didn’t want to use cream, you could use small white marshmallows to decorate the hat! 

Picture and recipe inspiration: Erica Sweet Tooth 

Hot Chocolate Choc Chip Muffins 

Fancy a nice hot chocolate but maybe not so much the ‘hot’ part? Tuck into these tasty Hot Chocolate Choc Chip Muffins. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Great Temptations Choc Chip Muffins 


  • ¾ cup of unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

Toppings and Decoration 

  • Chocolate sauce 
  • Marshmallows 
  • Small candy canes (optional)
  • Glitter (optional) 

Unwrap your Great Temptations Choc Chip Muffins and place them on your serving tray. Whip up your buttercream and pipe on top of your ready-made muffins. Then get creative with your toppings. Drizzle some chocolate sauce on top and decorate with fluffy white marshmallows, candy canes, and even some edible glitter! 

Picture and recipe inspiration: Belle of the Kitchen 

Melting Snowman Carrot Cake Cupcakes 

Melting Snowman Cupcakes are so easy to prepare and fun to get the kids involved with too! 

Here’s what you’ll need 

  • Great Temptations Carrot Cake Cupcakes 
  • Big white marshmallows 
  • Smarties, small M&M’s, or multicoloured icing 
  • Black icing pen or Pocky chocolate sticks 

Grab your Great Temptations Carrot Cake Cupcakes and remove (or eat) the walnut topping. Decorate your marshmallows with eyes and the mouth in black icing pen and orange for the nose.
Place your white marshmallows on top of the cream and add your smarties, and small M&M’s, or decorate with multicoloured icing for the buttons. 

Add your Pocky chocolate sticks for their arms or draw your stick arms on the cream. 

Picture and recipe inspiration: How To This and That 

Polar bear Lamingtons Cupcakes

How cute do these Polar bear Cupcakes look! Almost too cute to eat. 

Here’s what you’ll need 

  • Great Temptations Lamingtons 
  • Desiccated coconut 
  • Black and white fondant icing 

Roll out the white fondant icing and cut out some circles as this will form the polar bear's face. Pinch the edge of the icing circles into places to create the polar bear's ear. With the rest of your icing, roll it into small balls to make the nose. 
Stick the balls onto the cakes using water or a small amount of icing. Once in place, cover the Lamingtons in more desiccated coconut to coat them completely. 
Then, take the black fondant icing and roll out enough balls for the noses and smaller balls for their eyes. You can use a little bit of writing icing to stick these in place and create their cute faces! 

Picture and Inspiration from Tesco 

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