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.
1. Have your carrot cupcake ready (remember it should be completely cool). Also you might want to have an easy to clean station.
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.
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.
4. With your bag ready, start frosting around the strawberry as you work your way to the top.
5. Here is the almost finished product with your strawberry covered completely with frosting yum!
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.
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!
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.
Now this wasn’t a gift but I would like to show you our Christmas dinner table :)
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)
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 :)
Hope you enjoyed the recipes!