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This cupcake Christmas tree is the perfect show-stopping centrepiece for your festive table. It's so easy to make – just pipe icing onto chocolate orange mini muffins and decorating with jelly tots baubles and white chocolate sprinkles. Don't forget to add the giant chocolate star at the end! See method
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To make the green icing, stir the vanilla frosting to soften slightly, then mix in the green food colour gel until it’s one solid colour. Fit a star tip to a piping bag and use a mug or jug to help you fill the piping bag with the frosting. Chill in the fridge for 10 mins to firm up.
Meanwhile, arrange the muffins on a large board or platter. Starting with one as the top of the tree, then a row or 2 below it, followed by a row of 3 and a row of 4. Put the 2 remaining cupcakes next to each other at the centre of the bottom row to make the ‘trunk’ of the tree. Ice the 2 bottom muffins with the chocolate orange frosting.
Pipe the green frosting across the rest of the muffins, until you can’t see any chocolate muffin through the frosting.
Stick the giant chocolate star at the top of the tree and use the gold sprinkles to make ‘garlands’ across the tree. Scatter over the jelly tots to make baubles and finish with the white confetti sprinkles. Keep cool until serving so that the frosting doesn’t melt.
Tip: If you’re having trouble keeping the cupcakes in place, you can use cocktail sticks to hold them in rows. Be sure to remove them all before tucking in though!
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