It is that time of the month again… the first monday of the month … which also means that it is Secret Recipe Club’s Group A reveal day!
I was graced with Searching for Dessert (perfect name, eh?) as my chosen blog for the month … a former pastry chef with a Le Cordon Bleu College bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management… I was impressed (seriously impressed!). Not only is Shannon an ace in the kitchen – but she is also wife & mother (to 2 furry & 2 non-furry children :)) – and I automatically love people who love food, cooking and animals as much as I do!
I was blown away by the recipes on her blog… and um-ed & ah-ed over 2 in particular… Her hidden Christmas tree cupcakes & her cheesestraws - with HIM’s immense enjoyment in eating anything sweet – the cupcakes won out!
I “attempted” to use green food colouring to make the trees – but once baked… they in no way resembled the gorgeous green that Shannon had managed… therefore I decided that I loved the idea of a “retro” Christmas tree (as you do)… and we all know someone who owns one of THOSE Christmas trees… right?
I also opted to use a basic cupcake recipe – instead of a box-mix option… but I did use ready-made frosting (aka icing) and LOADS of sprinkles (aka “hundreds & thousands”)
Hidden Christmas Tree Cupcakes
110g butter at room temperature
110g caster sugar
110g cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Beat together butter & sugar
- Add 1 eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition
- Sift in the flour & baking powder & using a metal spoon, fold into mixture
- Place 1/3 of the mixture into another bowl & add the food colouring – mixing well to get an even shade
- Pour onto a piece of greased baking paper on a baking tray, add sprinkles &
- Bake for 10min at 180C
- remove from oven & use 3 (or 4) different sized rings to cut your tree pieces out (I used one cutter the size of the base of the cupcake tray, and the other 2 were just about using what I had in the kitchen – with the smallest piece being made from cake decorating tips… but you can use whatever you can find!)
- Stack in your greased cupcake casings
- I added red food colouring to the rest of my cupcake batter (to make sure that there was sufficient deviation in colour between the 2 areas)
- Pour rest of cupcake mixture around the “trees” leaving the top still visible
- Bake for 17-19minutes at 180C