Christmas Tree Cupcakes

 

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Who doesn’t love Christmas trees? They smell heavenly, shine at night, and add dabs of glistening color to any space. Imagine how awesome they become when turned edible. ;P

I made mine out of chocolate, vanilla, and edible sprinkles, courtesy of Sweetapolita.

 

Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

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Makes 24 mini or 12 normal

 

Chocolate Batter

1 cup sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup boiling water

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 cup milk

2 cups flour

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C and line a cupcake pan with liners of your choice.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with the boiling water.
  3. Add in the oil and mix well.
  4. Beat in the eggs and the milk.
  5. Whisk in the flour until your batter is smooth.
  6. Divide amongst liners and bake for 8-10 min for minis, and 15-18 min for medium sized cupcakes.

 

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Vanilla Frosting

1 cup butter, at room temperature

3 ½ cups icing sugar

¼ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 scraped vanilla bean

¼ tsp salt

A few drops of green food coloring

 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the butter with the sugar on high speed until white and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, salt, and food coloring, and mix 1 more minute.
  3. Frost cooled cupcakes like trees making a plus sign, then an x on top of that, then one last cross. Decorate with edible sprinkles.

 

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