Cupcake Christmas tree

Cupcake Christmas tree





Step 1. Make cupcakes and icing and keep about 3 tbsp of the buttercream separate and colour the remaining icing green. Ice 10 cupcakes with the green buttercream then decorate nine of these with smarties, keeping one green cupcake aside.

Step 2. Mix a little cocoa powder into the remaining buttercream, or until desired chocolate colour is achieved then ice the remaining two cupcakes before decorating with brown Smarties.

Step 3. For the star on top; you can either ice a star-shape onto your remaining green cupcake, or top with a star-shaped cookie as we have. Top this with a little green icing and one pretty red Smartie.

Step 4. Arrange the cupcakes into a tree shape then finish with the two brown cupcakes and you’re done!

Cupcake christmas tree

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  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder: You can follow Sophie on Local is Lovely, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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