One of my favourite things about Christmas has to be Christmas Trees. We have a 1 year old puppy this year who still LOVES to chew things so we’re having to wait until the 23rd to put ours up. Boo 🙁
So, to try and make myself feel better about the lack of a Christmas Tree in my life, I decided to bake some Christmas Tree cupcakes! I saw a few of these online and thought I would try it out for myself.
The ones I saw were all vanilla cupcakes, however I made chocolate cupcakes instead as the cake is supposed to represent the tree stump!
These festive cakes are sure to go down a treat with any guests you have over the Christmas period. I love making these delicious cupcakes, they are easy, simple and fun!
You will need
For the Cupcakes
- 175g of Caster Sugar
- 175g softened butter
- 2 Medium sized eggs
- 175g Self-Raising Flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Optional 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder (I always use three to make them really chocolatey but it’s up to you as to how much you want to add!)
For the Icing
- 225g Icing Sugar
- 100g Softened Butter
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint extract
- A few drops of green food colouring (again, it’s up to you how much or little you use!)
- Piping bag and nozzles
- Optional Edible silver balls
- Optional Chocolate Stars
- Add your butter into a mixing bowl and beat until it is smooth and creamy. Then add the caster sugar and beat well.
- Add the eggs one at a time, and mix into the butter and the sugar.
- Sift the flour and then add slowly to the mix. Once the flour is all mixed in, add the baking powder and beat.
- This is the part where it becomes up to you! I personally like to make these as chocolate cupcakes because I feel that it represents the tree part of the christmas tree. However, you can leave them as vanilla cupcakes if you wish, just add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.
- If you are a chocolate addict like me, then omit the vanilla essence and add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you can poke a skewer into the middle and it comes out clean.
- Leave to cool before attempting to ice the cakes.
To make the Icing
- Now for the fun part! Beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy, and then slowly add the icing sugar until you have a thick mixture. Remember that in order to swirl the icing, you will need a fairly thick mixture!
- Add the peppermint essence and mix well.
- Once your mixture is ready, add a few drops of green food colouring and beat into the mixture. Again, this is a personal preference, some of you may like your trees to look really green, others may want them to have a light green look- just add 1-2 drops and add more if you feel you need to. Don’t add too much though!
- Using a piping bag, swirl the icing on the cakes. Then add a few edible silver balls one by one onto the icing to replicate baubles.
- And to finish, add a chocolate star on the top!
What do you think?! Let me know if you make these yourself, I’d love to see them!