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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Can you believe just how close Christmas is? It’s so exciting, but pretty stressful too. There are so many things to do, and bake. I wanted to bake so many things before Christmas, and know I won’t finish my list. These little cupcakes were on the top of the list though, aren’t they cute? I found this recipe in the new cookbook, Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro. In this cookbook, Buddy shares 100 of his best recipes and decorating secrets. There are step-by-step photos too so you can see how each decoration is placed and how it comes together.

For the cupcakes, I used a pre-made red velvet cake mix, but you can use whichever homemade or store bought cake mix flavor you like. For the white and green frosting, I used a homemade buttercream, and for the red and yellow decorations, I picked up some writing frosting in the grocery store.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake mix, made according to package directions for cupcakes
Christmas cupcake liners
Buttercream frosting
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- 3 – 4 tablespoons milk
- green gel food coloring
Christmas candy sprinkles
Pre-made writing frosting in yellow and red

Instructions

Make and bake cupcakes according to package directions. Let cool completely.

Make buttercream by adding butter, shortening and sugar to stand mixer. Mix on medium until well-incorporated. Add milk, a little at a time, and whip until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup white buttercream to a parchment bag with a medium round tip (#12 plain tip).

Add green food coloring to the rest of the buttercream and mix well until deep green. Add green frosting to a parchment bag with a #69 leaf tip.

To frost cupcakes:

Take the white buttercream and make a circle on the cupcake. Sprinkle with, or dip in, Christmas sprinkles. Then take the white buttercream and form a cone with the frosting in the middle of the cupcake.

Take the green buttercream with the leaf tip and add leaves all around the white cone shaped frosting. Use the yellow writing frosting and add a dot to the top of the tree. Add a few dots of yellow and red frosting around the tree.

Add sprinkles to the top of the tree.

Recipe adapted from Baking with the Cake Boss

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