Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

SONY DSCIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! And here comes my first “really” Christmassy post featuring some of the cutest Christmas trees you will ever see/eat.

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Creating these cupcakes made me so happy and giving them to some friends to make their stressful pre-Christmas time a bit more relaxing and festive even more!

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I made the trees myself and used some bought cupcake toppers to join those little cuties on the muffins. Below you can read how easily the trees are made.

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I wish you a wonderful Advent season with many lovely calm momentes despite everything that needs to be done/studied etc. Make the most of this magical time and, of course, don’t forget to bake these very Christmassy muffins! 😉

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Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

Preparation time: about 1h 20 min

Baking time: 18-22 min

Yield: 6 cupcakes (for 12 cupcakes: double everything)

Ingredients (for the muffins):

­       2 tbsp. cacao powder

­       70g flour

­       1 tsp. baking powder

­       30g muscovado sugar

­       1 tsp. vanilla sugar

­       ½ TL gingerbread seasoning

­       1 small pinch of salt

­       40g milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

­       40 dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

­       1 egg

­       4 tbsp. milk

­       40g butter, softened

Furthermore you need:

 

­       100g green fondant

­       sugar decoration (stars, hearts, snowflakes, pearls, …)

­       4 tbsp. confectioner‘s sugar

­       1 tbsp. lemon juice

­       1 small brush

­       6 toothpicks

­       if you like: some cupcake toppers

­       6 (Christmassy) paper muffin liners

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375° F). Line a muffin tin with 6 (if possible Christmassy) paper muffin liners.
  2. Sieve cacao, flour, baking powder and gingerbread seasoning into a bowl. Add muscovado sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and chopped chocolate. Mix with warm, softened butter.
  3. Mix egg and milk and add to the flour mixture. Don’t overwhisk, otherwise the muffins won’t get fluffy and light.
  4. Distribute the dough equally into the 6 muffin liners. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the dough has risen and feels elastic when poked with a finger.
  5. Let the muffins cool down in the muffin tin for 2 minutes. Then, take them out and let them cool down completely on a cooling rack. SONY DSC
  6. Divide the green fondant into 6 parts. Form 6 small cones.
  7. Cut with small (if possible, slightly bent scissors) to create the tree’s branches. (Tip: Put the fondant onto a toothpick to make decorating easier.)SONY DSCSONY DSC
  8. Mix confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice and apply the icing onto the little stars/hearts/snowflakes/pearls with your little brush. “Glue” them onto the tree.
  9. Put the trees onto toothpicks. Stick the toothpicks into the muffins and decorate with some Christmassy cupcake toppers if you wish.

(recipe of the chocolate muffins inspired by “Mini-Muffins & mehr“ byJoanna Farrow)

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To get a printed version: Download the pdf.
(Both English and German versions available!)

Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

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