Wreath

Are you looking for something special and awesome to add to your holiday table this year? I love these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes! They are so much fun to make and to set out on the Christmas table. In my opinion, they are almost too pretty to eat, but they are too good to not eat. If you’re looking for something to WOW your guests this year, I’m pretty sure these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes will do the trick.

What You’ll Need

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C whole milk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 + C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Green & red  gel food coloring

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Whisk these together. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time,  beating after each addition.
  5. Add in the vanilla.
  6. Alternate by adding the flour mixture with the milk; beating after each addition.
  7. Fill the lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  9. Allow cooling in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions:

  1. Cream the butter and powder sugar until it is light and creamy.
    If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  2. Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then.
  3. Add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time. Mix well.
  4. If ready scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  5. Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  6. Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.

Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
    If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
  2. Spoon the icing into a bowl.
  3. Take out 1/4 of the icing and put in a separate bowl.  Add several drops of red gel food coloring.  Stir well to mix the color.
  4. Add several drops of the green gel food coloring to the remaining icing. Stir well to mix the color.
  5. Spoon the green icing into a piping bag with a star tip.  Holding the piping bag with the star tip straight down begin to squeeze the open end of the bag to force the icing to the tip.
  6. Circle the frosting on top of the cupcake making in the shape of a wreath.  Allow this to dry for about 1 minute.
  7. Spoon the red icing into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  8. Following the example from the picture of the cupcakes begin making small red dots on top of the green wreath.
  9. Then make a bow also in the red icing.
  10. Allow the icing to dry completely.

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I’m actually amazed at how easy the design is to do for these cupcakes. Back when I started baking, this surely wasn’t my strong point and now I’m getting better at it. I love how festive holly can be, especially when added to a cupcake. I know my boys were all over these when I was baking them in the kitchen for Y’all. I look forward to seeing how yours turns out, let me know how you did and how your guests love them!

 

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