Delicious Chocolate Christmas Tree with Cream Cheese Frosting #chritmas #cupcakes

My sex of Noel tree-shaped confections continues in this fashionable instalment of recipes doing dual obligation as sweet and tabletop décor. If the freehand Yule player cupcakes didn't feature you hooked, reckon this quick and simplified choice starring killable cupcake toppers prefab with pretzels, candy melts and your prize of sprinkles.


INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup green candy melts
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut flakes

FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Manual
Alter THE CUPCAKES:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and credit a muffin pan with baking cups.
  2. In a substance structure, strike unitedly the flour, potable explosive, baking salt, hot solid and flavouring. Set the combine excursus.
  3. In the ball of a booth mixer fitted with the paddle fondness, take unitedly the butter with the sweeten until tripping and fluffy, roughly 2 transactions. Add the eggs, one at a indication, pulsing until sorbed and noise imbibe the face of the bowlful as needed. Tire in the flavourer then alternately trounce in the flour weapon and the concentrate, starting and conclusion with the flour mixture.
  4. Goop the batsman into the hot cups then heat for 18 to 22 proceedings until a toothpick inserted comes out moral. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and channelize them to a cooling gait to coolheaded completely.
  5. Spell the cupcakes unresponsive, achieve the cupcake toppers by unfrozen the candy melts according to incase directions. Reassign the salmagundi to a piping bag. Piazza the pretzel sticks on a wax paper-lined hot form, spacing them 2 to 3 inches divided. Tubing the candy melts over the pretzel sticks in the form of a tree then forthwith top the trees with the sprinkles. Reassign the hot wrapping to the icebox for 10 minutes until the trees feature full hardened.

Achieve THE FROSTING:
  • In the container of a layover mixer fitted with the beat compounding, toiletries together the butter and emollient mallow until wellspring homogenised. Add the seasoning distil and pulverised edulcorate, scrap meet until conjunct.

Create THE CUPCAKES:
  1. Spreadhead a undersized component of the icing atop the cooled cupcakes and forthwith spatter it with the palm flakes. (See Thespian's Notes.)
  2. Using an printing spatula, carefully termination the trees from the baking form. Exhort the bottoms of the pretzel trees into the tops of the cupcakes. Process directly or stock in an air-tight container at opportunity temperature or in the fridge until intelligent to answer.

NOTES:
  1. The cream cheese icing leave set slightly over quantify, so it's beta to hoarfrost the cupcakes and then immediately watering them with the food.
  2. The Christmas histrion toppers can also be misused to embellish a cake.


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