CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKE TOPPER

Hello, friends! Kids love this simple idea that takes only minutes to make! 

 

 

Cupcakes are yummy, and mini cupcakes are perfect for Christmas gatherings! One of my kiddos is gluten free, so I try to come up with ideas that are cute and not too “gluten free-y” because it seems the minute you tell someone that a dish is gluten free, it immediately gets stuck on a special table and no one wants to touch it. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is easily modified to become gf if you should need a cute gf dish this season. Otherwise, just make it as is and enjoy! It really is super yummy and so adorable. I thought I was coming up with something original, but I think that is an impossibility these days! Lots of people have made similar cupcake toppers. I particularly like making miniature versions for any kind of Christmas party/gathering.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Box cake mix of your choice (I used Betty Crocker GF Chocolate Cake Mix.)
  2. All ingredients listed on your box
  3. 50+ mini cup cake liners
  4. Stick pretzels (I used Glutino brand.)
  5. 2 cups white morsels – some brands call it white chocolate morsels + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  6. Green food coloring – always optional!
  7. Candy embellishments – I used yellow skittles
  8. Icing/Frosting in white. Make your own or buy one container of it.

STEPS:

  1. Prepare your box cake mix as directed using directions for cupcakes. Usually mini cupcakes take about 10-12 minutes to cook. Allow them to completely cool. Go to step 2 while the cupcakes are cooking/cooling.
  2. Arrange your pretzels on a large pan or even your countertop layered with wax paper or parchment paper. You will probably need multiple pans, and they need to be set up before you begin melting the chips. Just use whatever flat surface you have that will accommodate all of your pretzels. Leave a few inches of space between the pretzels.
  3. Gather your other needed supplies – candies for the star, food coloring, and a piping bag or a frozen quart sized baggie. Piping bags are certainly easier, but if you don’t have any, you can use a frozen quart sized storage bag. (A regular sandwich bag will probably not work as well as they are usually too thin.)

 

ONLY ONCE YOU’VE COMPILED YOUR NEEDED ITEMS IN STEPS 2-3, CONTINUE ON WITH STEP 4:

4. Melt 2 cups of white chocolate morsels (Friends who do not like white chocolate can use candy chips! I’m talking to you, Bethany.) with 1 tsp vegetable oil in the microwave. Stir every 20-30             seconds. The time to melt will just depend on your particular microwave. Once completely melted, add 7-10 drops of food coloring. Immediately pour melted mixture into your piping bag, and         cut a small hole in the end of the bag. Start at the top of the pretzel in a zigzag fashion and form your “trees” onto the pretzel. Leave some space at the bottom for the pretzel to sink into your             cupcake. You will need to work quickly so the mixture will not harden in the bag or before you had sprinkles.

5.  Have some help? Have someone go behind you and place the candy at the top. If you wait too long, the trees will harden and your candy will not stick. If this happens, pipe a little bit of the           mixture at the top and stick your candy on. Adorn with sprinkles if desired! Lots of ways to personalize your trees!  Place in fridge for quicker hardening, or just wait and they’ll harden on                   their own.

6. Once your cupcakes are completely cooled, ice them with white frosting. Sometimes coconut is used, and that is adorable. (Keep in mind some kids may not like coconut though.)             Place your tree on top of your cupcake before you serve them. You’re done! I told you it was easy!

 

Try not to focus on imperfections, and just enjoy some sweets with all of your little sweets!  My trees definitely aren’t perfect, but you know what? Not a single kid noticed, and that’s why we make such cute things, right? I promise this idea is so easy, and you’ll get lots of comments if you make them! <3 

 

 

 

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