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Frosting for Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Serve this showy dessert this holiday season. Christmas Tree Cakes are laden with snowy frosting and sprinkled with sanding sugar. If you like, you can tint the buttercream pale green with gel paste food coloring. Save some sugar to create beds of "snow" for serving.

  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups, enough for 12 trees
Frosting for Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Photography: Lucas Allen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, 2007


  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until very smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sugar, and beat for 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Use immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • lcgerhart 5 Jan, 2009

    I'm sure they will be sweeet enough after being sprinkled with the sanding sugar.

  • girlglory 15 Dec, 2008

    Surely this is supposed to be CUPS of icing sugar, not TABLESPOONS? Otherwise the frosting would be too soft and definitely not sweet enough!

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