Christmas Tree Cupcakes

serves 9
90 mins

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

125g Anchor Butter

½ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 cup plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

9 small ice cream cones (or trim larger cones)

Cupcake cases

 

Butter Icing

 

200g Anchor Butter

3 cups icing sugar

2 tablespoons Anchor Milk

Few drops of green food colouring 

Cachous to decorate

Instructions

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.   Line a tray of 10 muffin cups with cupcake cases.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs one a time, mixing well after each.
  3. Gently fold in the combined flour and baking paper and then the vanilla and milk, take care not to over mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Butter Icing

 

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy and then mix in the milk. 
  2. Set aside some plain colour icing for the snow on the surface of cupcake.
  3. Add a few drops of green food colouring to the remaining butter icing and stir until colour is well mixed.

 

To Decorate

 

  1. Place the green butter icing into a piping bag with a small star tip / nozzle.
  2. If necessary, use a serrated knife to trim top of each cupcake to create a flat surface. 
  3. Spread the surface of each cupcake with plain butter icing and position an ice-cream cone (upside down) on top.
  4. With the piping bag in one hand, pipe around the cone from bottom to top.
  5. Decorate with silver or cold cachous.