Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes

Sooo another Christmas post! lol I know we are way past the Christmas season but it can’t hurt to post these beautiful Christmas tree cupcakes :) I spotted these all over pinterest for Christmas. Each one had something unique about them, so I decided to try my own version :) They turned out really delicious and my little cousins really loved them. Specially Cami, so this post goes out for her ♥. Let’s get started!

These cupcakes are actually not a new recipe, I recycled my delicious Carrot Cupcakes and used my go to buttercream frosting (you can get the recipe from my previous post Cupcakes & Popcakes for a Quinceañera ♥ ). So what’s new in this post? Well I will show you my trick to keep the frosting standing nice and tall so it actually looks like a tree! I’ve seen a couple other tricks to do this. Some of them include a merengue base or a dulce de leche base. But I said to myself merengue or dulce de leche with frosting? That sounds too sweet for my taste and I’m actually a sweet tooth :D So instead I used … a strawberry! Yes a strawberry and it was the smartest decision because you can eat the frosting with the strawberry and it tastes like strawberries and cream! So here I will show step by step how I did it.

Christmas cupcakes 1

1. Have your carrot cupcake ready (remember it should be completely cool). Also you might want to have an easy to clean station.

Christmas cupcakes 2

2. Using a pastry bag and a 1M star tip with your frosting ready, drop just a little star on the middle of the cupcake.

Christmas cupcakes 3

3. Next put the strawberry right on top of the frosting star. Make sure the strawberry is not wet and it is as fresh as possible.

Christmas cupcakes 4

4. With your bag ready, start frosting around the strawberry as you work your way to the top.

Christmas cupcakes 5

5. Here is the almost finished product with your strawberry covered completely with frosting yum!

Christmas cupcakes 6

6. And then to finish it off go ahead and add some nice decorations. I went and added some silver spherical sprinkles and a heart at the top :)

I served these cupcakes as dessert for Christmas dinner and they were a total hit! But also I gave some of them away as Christmas gifts :) I put them in this nice red box my grandma bought me a while ago and they looked beautiful! Tip: you might want to prepare these the day you will be eating them and if not definitively keep them in the fridge.

Christmas cupcakes box

So these cupcake boxes were only one of the DIY gifts I made. Why not show you the other gifts :) For my aunts and grandmas in my family I was thinking something personal that they can enjoy and relax with. So I did some lavender sugar scrubs!

Lavender Sugar Scrub

 Lavender Sugar Scrub

Now for all my cousins (I have a lot from my mom’s side) I wanted to give them something personalized but also delicious. And I found this great tutorial on how to do personalized mugs with their initials! Plus I added some delicious sugar cookies I made in my previous post Christmas Cookies

Personalized mug

Personalized Mugs

Now this wasn’t a gift but I would like to show you our Christmas dinner table :)

Christmas dinner

Everything was delicious! Grandma made a potato salad, yellow rice, fruit salad, of course the turkey, and turkey dressing! You can also see my cupcakes on the far right :) And last but not least I will share the mulled wine recipe I found and it is absolutely to die for! (you can see it on the far left). For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

1 liter of red wine (you can use the one that comes in a box, no need for a fancy wine)

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

4 sweet black peppers

2 star anise

2 oranges cut in slices

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1. In a small pot pour 1 cup of red wine with the cloves, cinnamon, sweet black peppers, star anise and sugar and let boil for 8 minutes.

2. Incorporate the rest of the red wine and let boil for another 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile cover the top of each wine glass with an orange wedge so it will be wet and white sugar will stick to it. Also put half an orange slice on each glass.

4. Pour the wine and it is ready to drink!

And to finish off with Christmas :) here is a picture of my Christmas tree! Wish y’all had a happy holiday :)

Christmas tree

Hope you enjoyed the recipes!

Carrot Cupcakes :)

Carrot cupcakes

I don’t know why I’ve been waiting to make this recipe as it is one of my favorites! There is a lot of different versions of carrot cupcakes, but this was my mom’s special recipe so I like it the best :) I often make this as a cake or as cupcakes it depends on the situation. But these right here were for a special occasion. My boyfriend’s brother turned 18 and just like me he is a sweet tooth and loves these cupcakes and so I decided what a better gift than these cupcakes topped off with delicious cream cheese frosting! So let’s get started, you will need the following ingredients:

Carrot cupcakes

3 cups of white flour

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

pinch of salt

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

3 eggs

2 cups of white sugar

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 cups of carrots

1 cup of nuts *optional

2 cups of raisins *optional

The last two ingredients I actually never use but my mom’s original recipe has them so you can give it a try :)

1. Preheat oven at 350°F. Grease a cake mold with butter or line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients: flour, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

3. Mix the eggs with an electric mixer until they become fluffy.

4. Slowly add the vegetable oil to the eggs and mix well.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix well.

6. Grate enough carrots to have 2 cups and then add them to the mix with a spoon.

7. If you decide to use nuts and raisins add them to the mix.

8. Put them in the designated molds by filling the cake pan or each individual cupcake 3/4 of the way. They will look like this:

Pre carrot cupcakes

Notice that the top cupcakes at the left corner have a toothpick in them. Well that is because my aunt’s dog Tea loves carrots and she loves these cupcakes. However, these are specially made for her because I didn’t include any sugar :)

9. Bake for about 45 minutes if you are baking the cake and no more than 30 minutes for cupcakes. The cupcakes will come out looking like this:

Post carrot cupcakes

Cream cheese frosting

2 packages of Philadelphia’s 8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup of unsalted butter

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Tip: it is better to do this frosting either before you bake the cupcakes or after the kitchen is cool enough.

1. Mix the cream cheese and butter in a mixer.

2. Add the vanilla extract (if you want the frosting to be whiter, then use clear vanilla extract).

3. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.

Finally decorate the cake or each cupcake with any technique you’d like and voila!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)