Hidden Christmas Tree cupcakes (Secret Recipe Club)

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!

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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?

why should a tree be green... right???

why should a tree be green… 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”)

cupcakes 8

Hidden Christmas Tree Cupcakes

cupcakes 6

110g butter at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
food colouring

cupcakes 5

  • 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!)
  • cupcakes 4
  • Stack in your greased cupcake casings
  • cupcakes 3
  • 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
  • cupcakes 2
  • Bake for 17-19minutes at 180C
  • Decorate…..
  • cupcakes 1

Printable recipe



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8 thoughts on “Hidden Christmas Tree cupcakes (Secret Recipe Club)

  1. How ADORABLE! LOVE this idea and yours look beautiful! Adding to my ever-growing list of holiday goodies to make this year! 😀 Nice choice for the SRC! 😀

  2. Pingback: Gluten Free peanut butter Banana muffins (SRC) | whyiamnotskinny

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