16 Dec 2012

Easy Christmas tree cupcakes recipe

I got down to a little festive baking last week and decided it was time to try some Christmas tree style cupcakes.  They're probably not as peaked as they should be to really look like trees, but I think the overall look still works.  They were fun to make and decorate too.

I used my usual and really simple cupcake recipe for these - if you use small cupcake cases this recipe will make 24 cakes, but if you use large muffin type cases it'll be half that.  I used small cupcake cases for these, and actually only made 18 cakes as I like to overfill a little to get cakes that rise a fair bit above the casing.  

To make these cupcakes you will need -
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • A few drops of vanilla extract

For the frosting -
  • 100g low fat soft cheese (like Philadelphia)
  • 100g butter
  • 250 - 500g icing sugar (depending on the consistency you like)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Green food colouring (gel colours are easier to work with)
  • Coloured sugar strands 
  • Edible gold and silver balls
  • Edible stars

To make the cupcakes, start by measuring your ingredients then mix the sugar and butter together until smooth.  Next mix in the eggs and then the flour until you have a smooth batter.  If you have an electric mixer this part will be a whole lot easier and faster than mixing by hand.  

Add a few drops of vanilla before a final mix and then divide the batter between your cupcake cases.  I always bake my cupcakes in a muffin pan even if I'm using small cupcake cases as I think it holds the shape better during cooking and helps them to rise up instead of spreading out.

Cook the cakes in a pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until they look risen, golden and cooked through.  While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting by combining the soft cheese and butter in a mixing bowl.  Then add the icing sugar and the food colouring.  I find I always need more icing sugar than I expect.  For these cupcakes I used quite a lot of icing sugar as I wanted a stiffer frosting which would hold its shape well.  

Dollop your frosting into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe onto the cupcakes in a circular movement from the outside inwards, creating a peak at the center.  Sprinkle over some decorations and top with a star and you're done.  

You can get sugar strands and gold and silver edible balls in most Supermarkets.  I bought my little stars from ebay here.  

Let me know if you try these Christmas cupcakes and tweet me a pic @fluttersparkle :)

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  1. I need those pipers to make the icing ^^

    Your cupcakes look fab!

    1. I got some really good ones from Lakeland - so much better than cheaper ones I tried before!

  2. These look great, makes me want to do some Xmas baking!


  3. So cute and festive! Love this post :)


  4. These look divine! Yummy :-)
    Louise xx


  5. These are so cute! Can definitely tell that they're Christmas trees :)

    Frances xx


  6. these look seriously yummy!!, love all the bright colours aswell :) mmm xx

  7. Loving these, they look great. I'm actually really surprised that I've never seen Christmas tree cupcakes before until now, now that I'm looking at them. Feel tempted to give these a try.
    Mel x


    1. I wish I could say I thought it up! I got the idea from Pinterest xx

  8. These look delish. I may have to make them for Christmas even when we have family coming over!

    Leanne @ leanne-marie.com xx

    1. I'm sure they'll go down well. I'm going to try Santa hat cupcakes next!

  9. These look so yummy! I'm very jealous!



  10. These look delicious and perfect for a holiday party. Love your blog! Come check me out sometime. :)

    XoXo Chris

  11. Wow this looks so yummy...can I have some??? Pleaseeee..


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