Tina, over at Sugar Bean Bakers, drew her inspiration from the staggering and mammoth Christmas trees that lined the Great Hall in Sorcerer’s Stone. The visual appeal of these cupcakes makes them a lovely addition to your holiday parties and overall dessert menu. The buttercream base recipe that sets the scrumptious tone of these treats was put together by Darla at her site, Bakingdom. Get creative with the colors you use to shape your trees and the decorations that adorn them. White chocolate shavings can give the impression of snow while bits of brightly colored jellybeans can mimic festive lights.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Beat butter in large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer for 3 minutes.
Beat in the sugar and salt until combined.
Add the two tablespoons of heavy cream and whisk on "high" for 4 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy.
If the frosting is too thick, add more cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
Stir in vanilla and "additional" food coloring if wanted. Your buttercream should now be completed
Ensure the buttercream is slightly stiff. Decide if the mixture is in need of a bit more powdered sugar.
Scoop out some non-tinted buttercream and set aside.
Tint the rest to the shade of green you prefer.
Frost the cupcakes with the white buttercream. Sprinkle the edges with white sanding sugar.
Using the green icing, in the center of the cupcake, pipe your tree. Make 3 swirls. Then lift up.
Decorate as desired. Sprinkle with more white sanding sugar or powdered sugar. Add silver drags, colored nonpareils or other sprinkles, etc. You can alternatively leave the top plain, or add a star, snowflake, six let, or other form of candy or decor.