Pinterest Inspired Christmas Cupcakes

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As I trolled pinterest during my Christmas break, I came across a lot of adorable cupcake ideas. I decided to make cupcakes for a Christmas gathering this weekend, and got a little carried away decorating them…I baked a basic chocolate cupcake base, and topped it with my favorite vanilla buttercream. I used gel food coloring to color the frosting as needed, and used some some sugar pearls for decoration.

Chocolate Cupcake Base:

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup canola oil

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Sea salt, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Bake time: 12-15 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Pour hot coffee over chocolate, and let this sit for a minute. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted, then add in the sugar, flour, and oil. Mix until fully combined, then mix in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla, baking powder, salt, oil, and vinegar, and mix until incorporated. I mixed by hand, but you can also mix with a hand mixer. Pour batter into lined cupcake pans, filling each liner 2/3 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cupcakes are just baked through, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from pans, and let them cool on a wire rack.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, prepare the vanilla buttercream. Whip the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, until it is fluffy. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, adding it in multiple installments. As the frosting thickens, add the salt and vanilla. Continue to mix, and add cream until desired consistency is reached. Color 1/3 of the frosting red, 1/3 green, and leave the remaining third uncolored.

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Decorate as desired. I used a leaf tip to make the poinsettia cupcakes (red frosting), and a closed star tip to make the roses (plain buttercream), and wreaths (green buttercream).

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