Wednesday, December 21, 2011

O Christmas Tree Cupcakes

This post was originally shared Monday on Frosting for a Cause. In case you missed it, I thought I would share it here too. But you really should go check out Frosting for a Cause if you have never stopped by - amazing project.

For my Frosting for a Cause post, I wanted to bake something festive, with Christmas coming up this weekend as well as get out my piping bags because it has been too long since I've played with frosting. :)

I baked some simple chocolate cupcakes from a box mix.

Then, I made some buttercream frosting using the following recipe:

2 cups butter, room temperature or a little softer
1lb (about 4 cups) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

Mix all ingredients slowly at first so as not to spill powdered sugar. Then, speed up mixer until combined.

I dyed it green using Wilton's Kelly Green food coloring. Then, I scooped it into a piping bag.

For the "snow" under the trees, I used a little trick to get a smooth thin layer of frosting on your cupcake. To do this, I used store bought frosting and melted it for about 8-10 seconds (depending on how much you use) in the microwave.

Then, I dipped the tops of each cupcake into the melted/thinned frosting. So sorry for the blurriness of the picture below. I had a heck of a time photographing and doing this at the same time.

To make the trees, I used Wilton tip 1M, which is a large star tip, to swirl a base and build upon it to make a tree. Finally, I added various sprinkles to each tree.

May your days be merry and bright and your new year filled with hope. God bless!

This post is linked up to some of the parties listed under my Show & Tell tab at the top of the page. Go check them out for more inspiration! 

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