Mini Cupcake Christmas Tree

There aren't any presents under this tree, but you'll find it just as sweet!

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1 pkg (9 oz) white cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake)
    Frosting and Decorations
  • 5 oz (150 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tbsp (75 mL) butter (do not substitute margarine), softened
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 4 cups (1 L) powdered sugar
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 tbsp sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • Candy decorations (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350„aF (180„aC). Line Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan with miniature cupcake liners. For cupcakes, prepare cake mix according to package directions. Divide batter evenly among wells using scant Small Scoop, filling wells about two-thirds full. Bake 10-12 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Remove from pan; cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter to make up to six additional cupcakes, if desired. Set aside for another use.

  2. Meanwhile, for frosting, combine cream cheese and butter in Classic Batter Bowl; beat until light and fluffy using electric hand mixer. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Set aside 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the frosting. Tint remaining frosting using green food coloring until desired shade is achieved for tree. Combine cocoa powder and water; add to reserved frosting and mix until smooth.

  3. Arrange 24 cupcakes on Simple Additions® Large Round Platter in tree shape. Attach closed star tip to Easy Accent® Decorator. Fill with green frosting and frost cupcakes for tree. Fill Decorator Bottle with brown frosting and fit with basket weave tip. Frost cupcakes for trunk. Decorate tree as desired.

Yield:

  • 24  servings of 2 frosted cupcakes

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 320, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Carbohydrate 55 g, Protein 2 g, Sodium 200 mg, Fiber 0 g

 

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

 1 starch, 2½ fruit, 2 fat (3½ carb)

Cook's Tips:

To frost the trunk of the Christmas tree, start at the top of the trunk and pipe shells using the basket weave tip.

Unfrosted cupcakes can be prepared up to two days in advance and stored, covered, at room temperature, or frozen for up to two months. Frosting can be prepared up to three days in advance and stored in refrigerator. Bring frosting to room temperature before using. Tree can be assembled and decorated up to 24 hours in advance and stored at room temperature.

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