Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcake Recipe
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Make a holiday forest of sparkling trees by frosting sugar cones and placing them on cupcakes.
60 min
Prep Time
1:20
Total Time
12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package
white cake mix
2/3 cup
buttermilk*
1/3 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
3
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 cup
mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired

Frosting

5 cups
powdered sugar
1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons
vanilla
1 tablespoon
light corn syrup
5 to 6 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Half & Half
Green food color

Decorations

12
ice cream sugar cones
1/2 cup
white sanding sugar**
Small semi-sweet chocolate nonpareils, if desired
Large star-shaped decorator sprinkles
 
*Substitute 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 2/3 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.
**Substitute your favorite color sanding sugar or sparkling decorator sugar.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.
  2. Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl except chocolate chips; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. (Set 12 cupcakes aside for another use.)
  4. Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding corn syrup and enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Divide frosting in half. Frost 12 cupcakes with white frosting.
  5. Tint remaining half of frosting with green food color, as desired; beat at medium speed until smooth. Place sanding sugar in wide shallow bowl.
  6. Frost ice cream cones by placing 2 fingers into cone; frost cone with green frosting. Immediately roll frosted cone in sanding sugar to coat; place in center of frosted cupcake. Place small chocolate nonpareils around trees, if desired. Place decorator star onto top of each cone. Cover with plastic food wrap until serving time.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 cupcake)

Calories
530
Cholesterol
55mg
Carbohydrates
93g
Protein
4g
Fat
17g
Sodium
280mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

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