Christmas Tree Cupcakes iced with bright green buttercream swirl and M&M fairy lights
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes are great fun to make with the kids. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, caster sugar, dark chocolate, eggs, icing sugar, milk, salt, self raising flour, vanilla
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Emma Walton
Ingredients
For the cake
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 vanilla pod seeds only
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grams self raising flour
  • 1 pinch salt
For the decoration
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • 300 grams butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • gel food colouring green
  • 5 squares of dark chocolate
  • 1 handful M&Ms
Instructions
For the cupcakes
  1. Begin by craming together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light, fluffy and smooth.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
  3. Add in half the flour along with the salt and the seeds from the vanilla pod and fold in gently.
  4. Add in the remaining flour and fold again.
  5. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcakes cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 15minutes.
  6. Remove the cakes from the oven when they are springy to the touch and leave to cool.
For the decoration
  1. Once completely cool, beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. The consistency should be soft but it should still hold its shape if piped.
  3. Add a little milk if the icing is too stiff (no more than 2 tablespoons).
  4. Stir through the green food colouring.
  5. Prepare an icing bag by adding in your star shaped nozzle and filling with the icing.
  6. Secure the end with an elastic band so none escapes.
  7. Starting on the outside edge, create a swirl inwards getting higher each time.
  8. Stop squeezing at the top of the swirl and pull away gently.
  9. Melt the chocolate in the micrwave using 10 second bursts and stirring each time.
  10. Once melted, pour into another icing bag with a small open tip.
  11. Pipe a swirl of icing from the tip of the "tree" downwards to form the string of lights.
  12. Take the M&Ms and place them at intervals along the chocolate light string.
  13. Poke them in sideways to give them the look of fairy light bulbs.