Christmas in July Cupcakes!

This Christmas in July cupcake idea started with my search for a theme for the dinner menu for our dinner club because it's my turn to host the thing on Wednesday night. I was doing some surfing on the net and somehow came across the fact that Australia celebrates Christmas in July...that's all I need to know! Here's what wikipedia says about Christmas in July: In some parts of Australia, where Christmas falls in the summer and July is the one of the coldest months, Christmas in July parties are held to mimic the traditional northern Christmas. Some traditional Christmas activities are difficult to have in the December summertime (such as a heavy meal with roasted meats and heavy sweets like plum pudding), so these may be held in July instead. In Australia this celebration is also called "Half-Christmas."

That really got me excited...Searching my cupcake books, I found the star idea in Joanne Farrow's cupcakes book. I made her recipe for vanilla cupcakes, and she calls for these cupcakes to have a buttercream filling squirted inside and the the confectioner's sugar frosting on top. The little star is made from fondant. I have a few more photos on my flickr account here....Hope you enjoy the winter weather....Now, go do it! Ho Ho Ho...


  1. cool!

    i'm an aussie, and most people i know still do the traditional christmas in december but a lot are moving to more relaxed celebrations, more like drinks and nibbles.

    the roasts and pudding definitely weigh you down!

    if only i was having a christmas in july, these cupcakes would be perfect...! maybe i'll just have a 'cupcakes in july' party :)

  2. Anonymous10:05 PM

    Love ur blog...looooove your cupcakes :) Just wondering if the cookies and cream recipe will be up soon? Your pics are gorgeous...makes me hungry as I sit at my desk at work eating no-fat yoghurt whilst I browse!

    Keep up the good work

  3. Anonymous6:23 AM

    Hi! I love celebrating Christmas in July. We usually have seafood on the beach on Christmas day - fresh prawns, lobster, oysters and a big barbecue - so Christmas in July is great for the traditional roasts. Eating roast turkey and Plum Pudding when it's close to 40 degrees (celsius. That's about 98 degrees fahrenheit) can be a little uncomfortable!

  4. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Was looking for some sweet inspiration. Found it on your blog this morning. That wonderful title and photo for this entry simply made me smile. Thanks.

  5. Anonymous9:48 PM

    I was just asking my hubby why it's called xmas in july. And he said mainly because it's winter here at that time. I might just try your making these lovely cupcakes!

  6. We went "heat miser" party last july. It was great to put up the christmas tree, bring presents and have a little celebration in the middle of the summer!

  7. I'm an Aussie and my English hubby and I have just returned to Australia after 6 years away.

    I got so used to a lovely cold Christmas in December I've all but forgotten what a 'hot' Christmas feels like!

    My company just threw a 'Christmas in July' dinner (which I organised) and I was so intent on going the whole hog we paid a fortune for the Christmas tree!

    I loved your cupcakes by the way - very scrummy.