It’s that time of the year again where you need to get your sweet tooth in the festive spirit! We have the perfect recipe to help you do that: Treelights cupcakes – made with Candy Buttons! Bring it to your weekend holiday celebration or simply indulge to start feeling some of the seasonal joy!
For the cupcakes:
- 1 & ½ cups of sugar
- 2 & ½ cups of cake flour
- 1 & ½ cups of vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
- 1 cup of buttermilk
- 1 tsp of distilled white vinegar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 2 large whole eggs
- 1 tsp of salt
- 2 Tbsp of liquid red food coloring
For the frosting and decorations:
You can definitely use pre-made frosting here! These are the ingredients if you choose to make a cream creamy frosting.
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 8 oz. of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 & ½ cups of powdered sugar, sifted to remove clumps
- ½ tsp of vanilla extract
- liquid green food coloring
- Candy Buttons
- cupcake liner cups
- metal cupcake baking tray
- 1 large and 1 medium mixing bowl
- mixer (stand or hand)
- measuring cup
- 1 tsp, and 1 Tbsp measuring spoons
- large spoon
- frosting pastry bag
- small frosting spatula
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
- In the medium mixing bowl using the whisk, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cake flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
- In the large mixing bowl, use the mixer to beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, vanilla, distilled white vinegar and liquid red food coloring. Mix until all ingredients in the bowl are blended completely.
- Once the mix in the large mixing bowl is completely blended, slowly pour in the combined dry mix from the medium mixing bowl.
- Using the mixer, blend this mixture until completely combined.
- Line the cupcake trays with the cupcake liner cups.
- Fill each cupcake liner cup about 2/3 full using the large spoon. It’s best to take this step very slowly so as not to overflow the liners or cause a mess from the dripping spoon.
- Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes. You do not want to over-bake here. The best way to tell that your cupcakes are ready is to use a tooth pick to poke into the cupcake. When it comes out clean without cupcake batter on it, they are ready. Tip: it’s sometimes helpful to rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure complete baking coverage.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move the tray to either a wire cooling rack or a cooled counter top in order for them to cool completely. It is often best to leave these overnight to cool. Note: It is very important to wait this out. Attempting to frost warm cupcakes will tear up the top of the cupcake.
- While the cupcakes cool, you can also choose to make your own frosting. Using the mixer, blend together the vanilla, butter and cream cheese.
- Once these are completely blended until the mix has a fluffy consistency, slowly add in the powdered sugar. If you do this gradually, it will make for easier mixing.
- Blend with the mixer on a low speed until completely combined and smooth.
- Add in the green food coloring in gradual drops, mixing on low speed as you go. It’s your decision as to the shade of green you want. Just be sure not to add too much green food coloring as it causes the frosting to become slightly more watery.
- Fill the frosting pastry bag with your frosting.
- Once cupcakes have cooled completely (often it’s best to wait until the next morning to ensure they’ve set) use the frosting pastry bag to frost the cupcakes with ample frosting. You want the entire top to be covered.
- Use the frosting spatula to smooth your frosting into the desired shape and finish. It might take a few tries to get the desired tree shape, but don’t get discouraged! It’s your chance to be creative, so feel free to experiment!
- After frosting, place the Candy Buttons sporadically around the green frosting in a pattern that matches what you would see for stringed lights on a Christmas Tree.
- For the star, you can use yellow Candy Buttons or, as we did, break yellow NECCO Wafers in half to create the star shape.
- Indulge on your Treelights Cupcakes! =)