Merry snowy Christmas everybody! It’s gloomy, cold, and frosty where I am, but the spirit of Christmas is alive despite what’s going on with the world right now. I hope you’re all having a good time with your loved ones and are staying well this holiday season. As for me, I’m taking some time to rest and chill. I’ve been doing some cooking and baking lately and, in this post, I’m showing you how I made my own version of Christmas tree cupcakes.
You can call this a lazy guide Christmas cupcake recipe because this is quick, delicious, and practical to make. You can even substitute the cupcake for a brownie or muffin mix. Excited to know how? Keep on reading.
- Philadelphia whipping cream cheese (3 x 8 oz tub)
- Cupcake/muffin/brownie mix (1 box. I like the Ghirardelli ones)
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Gel food coloring in green
- Mixing bowls
- Cupcake/muffin liners
- Whisk or electric handheld mixer
- Non-stick muffin pan
- Ice cream sugar cones
- Butter knife
- Icing tips (round and star-shaped tips)
- Pastry bag
- Strainer (optional)
- Line muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners. Prepare the mixture by following the box’s instructions for baking preparation and overall baking time. Once done, let the pastries cool down. Set-aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mix two 8 oz tubs of Philadelphia whipping cream cheese along with 2/4 cups of granulated sugar. Add green food color. Make it dark, like the color of pine trees. Set aside 1/3 of it in a separate bowl (to be used later to cover the sugar cones). Place the rest inside a pastry bag with the star-shaped icing tip
- In another mixing bowl, mix one 8 oz tub of Philadelphia whipping cream cheese along with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Do not add any food color. Place this inside a pastry bag with the round icing tip.
- Cover one sugar cone with green cream cheese mixture using a butter knife.
- Pipe in a circular motion the plain frosting around the top portion of the cupcake/muffin. This will be the base of the Christmas tree.
- Place the green sugar cone on top of the plain frosting.
- With the green frosting, start piping to simulate the pine leaves all over the sugar cone. (This is the most tedious part, but well worth it).
- With a small strainer or by using your fingers, throw in some confectioner’s sugar, to simulate the look of snow on pine trees.
Easy peasy! This recipe can create 4-5 Christmas cupcakes which are so fun to do with your families. The finished product is so cute that you will not want to eat them. Also, your fingers will turn green either while making them or by eating them (you’ve been warned, lol).
Have a very Merry Christmas everybody!
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