Christmas Tree Cupcakes
 
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
Vanilla Cupcakes :
  • (1/2 + ⅓) cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 Tbsp yogurt(I used low fat but you can even use full fat)
  • 6 tbsp milk (I used 2% but you can even use 1% or full fat)
  • Seeds scraped from 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 oz (I block) Cream cheese ( I used low fat but you can use full fat also), room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetened coconut flakes for coating (about 1 cup)
White Chocolate Trees :
  • 2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer or large bowl if doing by hand, add melted butter along with sugar,oil. Stir it until combined.
  3. Add eggs, yogurt, milk, vanilla seeds from vanilla bean and vanilla extract and mix it all together until smooth.
  4. To it add flour,baking powder, baking soda & salt and mix until its all evenly mixed.
  5. Now line cupcake baking tray with cupcake liners and fill them up with the batter upto ⅔ full.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about 14-16 mins or until a toothpick inserted inside a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Let them cool in baking tray for few mins and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool further.
  8. Meanwhile make cream cheese frosting. Mix room temperature cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Top each cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Now take sweetened coconut flakes and put on top of icing to make it look like snow.
  9. Now take a baking tray and lay parchment paper on top. Melt white chocolate chips in mivrowave for 60 seconds with 15 second intervals and keep stirring in between until chocolate is completely melted.
  10. Fill melted white chocolate in a piping bag and place toothpicks vertically on parchment paper. Now drizzle melted chocolate chips in the shape of trees and keep it in fridge for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.
  11. Decorate each cupcake these white chocolate trees and enjoy!
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at http://www.naivecookcooks.com/christmas-tree-cupcakes/