Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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December and Advent is upon us and to keep up the spirit, we made these simple Christmas Tree cupcakes on the weekend. I see all over social media that lots of people have put their Christmas trees already. We haven’t yet, but in a week or so we will do the same, especially that my youngest one is very anxious and inpatient about it.

 

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Ingredients:
-125 g butter, softened at room temperature
-1 cup brown sugar
-2 eggs
-1+1/3 cup flour
-1/3 cup milk
-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-pinch of salt
-2 teaspoon baking powder
Frosting:
-600 ml whipped double cream
-150 g white chocolate
-green food colour
-sprinkles
Method:
Preheat the oven. Line your cupcake pan with the cases.
In a bowl, use an electric mixer on high speed to cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
Add the vanilla, flour and milk, and beat with the electric mixer until combined, but be careful do not over-mix, because it will become dry and sort of a bread.
Use an ice cream scoop and divide the mixture evenly in your cupcake cases,  fill them only 3/4.
Bake them for around 20 minutes, half way through you can turn your tray in the oven, but don’t open the oven in the first 10 minutes of baking, this is important!
Take them out from the oven, and you can leave the cupcakes in the pan for about 5 minutes before you transfer them on a wire rack.
Note:
You need to prepare the cream on the previous day of baking. In order to do this you need to pour the cream into a pan, put it on the stove. Brake the chocolate in small pieces and stir in the cream until its melted. Make sure it’s not boiling, it only needs to get warm enough until the chocolate melts in. When it’s done, put it aside to cool completely, then put it in the fridge for the night or at least 6 hours. When it’s time to decorate just whip the cream. I separated in half and I tinted one half with green food colour. 

 

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This is a very easy cupcake recipe, perfect for a cosy afternoon bake with the kids. I frosted them with white and green coloured white chocolate cream, and we add the sugar baubles one by one to look like a decorated Christmas tree. My daughter was a bit disappointed that we didn’t put more sugar on them, so I let her decorate a few where there were no requirements, and as you imagine, she kinda poured half a bottle of sprinkles on top of each cupcake.
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