CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

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CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES
yield: 6 CUPCAKES prep time: 45 MIN

INGREDIENTS:

6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes
3 cups homemade or store-bought vanilla frosting (See Kelly’s Notes)
2 Tablespoons green food coloring
6 ice cream sugar cones
Edible silver ball sprinkles
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Special equipment: pastry bag or gallon-sized sealable plastic bag; small star-shaped pastry tip (such as Wilton #18)

DIRECTIONS:

If necessary, slice the tops off of the cupcakes to create a flat surface. Slather a small portion of the frosting on the cupcakes to create a base atop which to position the sugar cone tree.

Stir the food coloring into the remaining frosting, adding more food coloring as necessary to achieve your desired green color. Apply a thin layer of frosting on the exteriors of the sugar cones. Transfer the remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with the star-shaped pastry tip.

Place the sugar cones atop the cupcakes then pipe leaves onto the trees. Garnish with the edible silver ball sprinkles and dust with powdered sugar.

Notes:

Three cups of frosting is equivalent to two 16-ounce cans of store-bought frosting.

The sugar cones can be decorated and stored (not on top of the cupcakes) for 1 day in an airtight container. Frost cupcakes and top with trees right before serving.

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