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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 4.59 / 5 (1294 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
20 min
Serves:
Makes 12 cupcakes

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Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.

3. Gradually mix in the beaten egg alternating with the flour to stop the mix from curdling. Finally, stir through the vanilla extract and milk.

4. Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between them.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

6. For the frosting: in a mixing bowl beat the butter with a spoon or spatular until smooth, then start to sift in the icing sugar, stirring regularly. Add the vanilla extract and milk. The frosting should be light and creamy.

7. Mix your green food colouring into the icing to give an even green colour.

8. Once the cupcakes are totally cool, pipe the icing onto them starting from the outside of the cake and working into the centre to create tall Christmas trees. Decorate with silver balls, stars or hundreds and thousands then allow to set for at least 30 minutes so that the icing has a slightly crispy finish.

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter, softened
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 150 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the frosting

  • 200 g butter, at room temperature
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • green food colouring

To decorate:

  • silver balls, sugar stars or hundreds and thousands

Tips and suggestions

If you use food colouring pastes you can get a much stronger colour without having to add too much liquid to your frosting.

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Latest Comment

 

i just have made and love it

IngaM35959 IngaM35959  Posted 08 Dec 2012 6:53 PM
 

Really good!! These went down really well with the whole family and I am making them again today to take to a party!!

EmmaS92595 EmmaS92595  Posted 21 Dec 2011 12:17 PM
 


LouiseS61196 LouiseS61196  Posted 12 Dec 2011 3:13 PM
 

You can get away with quite a large size nozzle for this cupcake - are you worried about it being too big or too small?!

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 12 Dec 2011 10:44 AM
 

hmm what sort of size icing nozzle does this take? i only have one and i'm hoping it'll work, i've only got one chance!!

geinaM241 geinaM241 Posted 09 Dec 2011 2:19 PM
 

hmm what sort of size icing nozzle does this take? i only have one and i'm hoping it'll work, i've only got one chance!!

geinaM241 geinaM241 Posted 09 Dec 2011 2:19 PM
 

Claudia 1982 Claudia 1982 Posted 04 Dec 2011 10:23 PM