A giant chocolatey Cupcake Christmas Tree with Green Vanilla Buttercream and Decorated with Lots and Lots of Festive Sprinkles!!
So I wasn’t quite sure what to name this bake because technically they are just chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream but they are decorated to be in the shape of a Christmas Tree and how cute do they look? They are ammmazing! There are lots of different tear and share cupcake formations out there from wedding dresses to rainbows so I decided given the time of year that I would share my recipe for a Christmas Tree shaped one.
The cupcake recipe is the same as the one I used in my Rocky Road Cupcakes and Ghost Truffle Cupcakes. I find the chocolatey-ness of the cupcake perfect, it isn’t too chocolatey that it leaves your mouth dry or not enough chocolatey that you don’t realise that it’s chocolate you’re eating (Obviously you’re going to know you’re eating chocolate but you know what I mean, right?) If you prefer it more chocolatey then reduce the amount of self-raising flour and increase the amount of cocoa powder if you prefer it less chocolatey then add more self-raising flour and less cocoa powder.
For the Buttercream, I use a ratio of 2:1 for Icing Sugar: Butter YOU MUST USE UNSALTED BUTTER for these. You can’t use any sort of spread it must be the square block that tends to be 250g. If you use anything else then your buttercream won’t be stiff and won’t hold its shape when it’s piped. It might also be more of a yellowy colour so when you add food colouring the colour won’t be as good.
Once the cupcakes are cool and you can start decorating them I decorated them individually and then put them together. I piped the buttercream so it resembles a rose using a Wilton 2D Piping Tip. I didn’t want to do swirls with a peak because then the Christmas Tree would look a bit lumpy and no one wants a lumpy Christmas Tree. I piped ten of them using green buttercream, to make the tree, and two of them using chocolate buttercream, to make the stump.
I decorated them using Dr Oetker Glamour and Sparkle Sprinkles. I had Christmas themed sprinkles but I couldn’t find them when I was baking this but to be honest the gold and silver sprinkles are perfect for this time of year and for this bake. I randomly added some edible gingerbread men too, because why not? They’re cute and festive. You could use more than one type of sprinkle using the Dr Oetker and then using Christmassy ones too. For the top of my Christmas Tree, I used a Dr Oetker White Chocolate Star.
The cupcake cases I used were from Iced Jems. They are slightly deeper than normal cupcake cases so you might find that you have extra cake mixture, just make slightly more cupcakes and don’t add them to your tree, just keep them all for yourself. They also open up into little plates to catch all those crumbs.
This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
For the Cupcakes
175g Caster Sugar
40g Cocoa Powder
135g Self-Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
For the Buttercream
250g Unsalted Butter
500g Icing Sugar
Green Food Colouring
10g Cocoa Powder
For the Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, Gas Mark 4). Line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.
- Mix together the butter and sugar until it is well combined. Add in the cocoa powder, self-raising flour, eggs and baking powder and mix together to get your cake batter.
- Spoon the mixture into your cupcake/muffin cases and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes (until a skewer inserted comes out clean).
For the Buttercream
- While your cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream. In a bowl mix together the icing sugar, butter until there are no lumps. Spoon 75g of the mixture into a separate bowl.
- In the original bowl add the food colouring, little by little until you get the perfect green.
- In the bowl with the 75g of buttercream add 10g of cocoa powder, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of milk to soften it enough to be able to pipe.
- Pipe ten of the cupcakes using the green buttercream and the other two using the chocolate buttercream.
- Decorate. I used a giant white chocolate star to represent the top of my tree then sprinkled the Dr Oetker sprinkles over the remaining green cupcakes and left the chocolate ones without any sprinkles.
- Push them together in a Christmas Tree formation. One cupcake at the top, then two below it, three then four. Finally, right at the bottom add the two chocolate cupcakes.
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