To make 12 of Christmas Tree Chocolate Cupcakes you will need…
- 150g self-raising flour
- 75g plain flour
- 35g cocoa powder
- 165g caster sugar
- 150g butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 150ml milk
To make one batch of green frosting you will need…
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 600g icing sugar, sifted
- 60ml milk
- Green food colouring
- 100s and 1000s, sprinkles or choc chips to decorate
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-assisted). Line 12 holes of muffin pans with paper cases (brown paper cases are perfect!).
Sift the flours, cocoa and sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Add the butter, eggs and milk and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until all ingredients are combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until mixture is smooth and has turned paler in colour.
Fill each paper case with mixture three-quarters full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Cream butter using electric mixer until the butter turns pale and smooth. Add the milk and half the icing sugar. Beat until well combined. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add enough green colouring to get the shade you like. The mixture should be a spreadable paste similar to Peanut Butter… If it is too dry add some more milk, if it is too wet add more icing sugar. You can also use 600ml of cream and whip to stiff peaks with green colouring for an easier frosting.
Using a star nozzle, pipe swirls of the green frosting generously onto each cooled cupcake and decorate as you desire… You could also try a chocolate shaped star for the top of your tree, drizzle chocolate over your tree as tinsel or dust with icing sugar for a snow covered tree.