With Christmas coming we’re starting to think of all the fun we can have with various foods. Cupcakes are a favorite Christmas time treat since they are very versatile and easy to make. Easy is good. We like easy.
With all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season we usually don’t have as much time as we’d like to create all of the wonderful confections of the season. Short of time or not, we still want to razzle and dazzle our guest, families, and especially our kids.
These ideas are so easy, and so much fun, you’ll probably want to have the kids help out!
Easy Powdery Hills Cupcake Decorations
My youngest daughter calls these Christmas cupcakes Yummizoids! You take a batch of chocolate cupcakes and carefully cut the tops off. Scoop out a small portion of the inside and fill the hole with chocolate frosting. Make sure to over-fill it just a little so that when you replace the top the frosting acts like glue to hold it on. Replace the top then move to the next. Once you’ve filled a tray with them dust the tops with powdered sugar.
These cupcakes turn out to be very moist, even if you’re using a normally dry cake mix or recipe. To give them more of a Christmas appearance you can sprinkle white or clear sprinkles on them and group them together to look like hills. These are great as part of a setting or eatable scenery.
Easy Mini Christmas Tree Cupcake Decorations
Kids love the idea of having their own Christmas tree. More than that they will be thrilled with the idea of a personal Christmas tree that they can eat!
Using a 1″ star tip and piping bag, mound green frosting in a huge pile on top of small, 1″ chocolate cupcakes. Make sure the frosting you’re using is very stiff. You can make any store bought frosting stiffer by mixing confectioners sugar into it a little at a time until it achieves the rigidness you’re looking for.
Once you’ve made your Christmas tree it’s time to decorate it! Dust them with confectioners sugar to resemble snow, and then give them a good dose of ‘confetti’ multi-colored sprinkles. If you can find start shaped sprinkles you can add one to the very top of each tree.
Easy Wrapped Christmas Present Cupcake Decorations
For these Christmas cupcakes you can use any flavor or color cake batter you want, but I suggest that it produce a good, firm cake. I like to use the ‘cake-like” alteration for my favorite brownie mix (Pillsbury Low Sugar Fudge Brownies. Alteration instructions are on the box.). This idea can also be used with fudge squares or cut up dense cake squares or rounds.
For cupcakes, as with Frosted Hills Cupcakes, cut the tops off the cupcakes then scoop out the middles and fill them with your choice of frosting, filling, or even a stiff jelly. Replace the tops and set them aside.
Roll out fondant to 1/4″ thick. Decorate the fondant with food coloring and either clean, soft paint brushes or foam stamps. Use a light touch when doing this and give the fondant a little time to dry before moving to the next step. I like to get star and bow stamps from my local craft store for this, as well as a few small gauge rounds (paint brushes) for making fine lines and dots.
Once the ‘paint’ on the fondant is dry turn it over and use a pizza cutter to cut it into pieces large enough to wrap your cupcakes. You’ve just made eatable Christmas wrapping paper!
To wrap your Christmas cupcakes, place a cupcake upside down in the middle of a square of eatable wrapping paper. Carefully fold the ‘paper’ up and pinch the ends together on the underside of the cupcake. Carefully flatten the bottoms by putting plastic wrap or cooking parchment over the bottoms and running your finger over the bump until it’s gone. Remove plastic and turn right side up. Finish by making colored fondant ribbons to tie around your cupcake Christmas presents.