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, December 2007

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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.

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