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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Recipe photo courtesy of Mike Krautter

Serve this snowy dessert this holiday season. Cupcakes are shaped like trees, covered with snowy frosting, and sprinkled with sanding sugar. Save some sugar to create beds of "snow" for serving. If you like, you can also make mini gingerbread stars to decorate the tops of the trees.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007



Cook's Notes

There will be leftover batter. To bake, line standard muffin tins with paper liners and bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes, until a skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cakes can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days before assembling.

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  • coetzeedane7gm
    11 DEC, 2015
    This is so cute!! Just want to know if I could use plain wafer cones instead of the sugar cones?
  • SarahAlberts
    24 DEC, 2008
    no the frosting means teaspoons. If it is runny then add more sugar. Remember you can always add but you cant take away.
  • SarahAlberts
    24 DEC, 2008
    no the frosting means teaspoons. If it is runny then add more sugar. Remember you can always add but you cant take away.
  • crazysham
    15 DEC, 2008
    That frosting recipe has to mean CUPS of icing sugar not TEASPOONS?? Otherwise it would be way too runny, no?
  • Rorie_D_Lion
    1 OCT, 2008
    One "tree" CAN be a big portion for one person to be able to eat. Make the cupcakes as normal (even a box mix kind works), place the EMPTY cone on top, and then decorate that. SO many people are watching what they eat. This takes off several calories and suger to help maintain a healthy diet =] I LUV sugar cones! =D
  • imwithdino
    3 SEP, 2008
    I made these last Christmas - except they didn't look quite like the picture! It was difficult to keep them standing upright in the oven on the inverted foil pan. And the frosting recipe produced a very soft frosting, so it was really difficult to pipe pretty stars. It got pretty messy! It's SUCH a cute idea, though, and I resolve to try again this year!
  • marybeth0506
    12 DEC, 2007
  • Aashley1018
    11 DEC, 2007
    i went to a nearby homegoods store and bought a cupcake carrying case consists of a cupcake pan and a lid that attaches by snapping onto the sides of the pan but the lid is tall and leaves enough room for the trees to stand in the pan without being damaged. im pretty sure i also saw the same type of thing at a michaels craft store. hope this helps!
  • marybeth0506
    10 DEC, 2007
    I am wanting to make these for a small family christmas party. Any suggestions on what I could carry them in without messing up the frosting?

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