Saturday, December 22, 2012

Newspaper Interview & Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Well, it's official.
We are on our way to fame and fortune.
Sue and I were honored to be interviewed by Wendy Fraser for the local newspaper, The Bridge River Lillooet News. It was sooooo much fun. They did a two page spread in the Christmas edition of their paper. Click HERE for the link to the article!
Sue and I decided to get all fancy and make some Christmas related cupcakes and treats for Wendy to take back to newspaper office with her. We made some Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge, some Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes, some Eggnog Cupcakes, Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes, and some Browned Butter Pecan Shortbread.
For today's blog we thought we would share these simple, yet really fancy schmancy Christmas trees that we made for the newspaper staff.
Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes
1 recipe Buttercream Icing tinted green
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside. Place 12 medium sized, oven safe coffee mugs on a cookie sheet. Place a cone shaped paper cup into each coffee cup. Set aside.
Prepare chocolate cake as per recipe. Pour into prepared muffin tins and into the prepared cone shaped paper cups on the cookie sheet. Only fill the cone shaped cups about halfway as they will rise. Don't worry if they overflow a little, you can trim it off.
Bake cake according to recipe.
(FYI - You can use a chocolate cake mix and store bought canned icing if you don't want to prepare a from-scratch cake.)
When cake is done, remove from oven and let completely cool on wire racks. When the cone shaped cakes are cooled simply peel off the paper cup and trim off the top of the cake (flat end, not pointy end) so it will sit flat.
Top each cupcake with a little buttercream and place a cone shaped cake on top.
Decorate with buttercream tinted green. Sue used a piping back and made stars but you can also frost with a knife and then use a fork to make it "fluffy".
Place your sprinkles and decorations on as you please.
The tree in the above photo was made by Kenzie. She iced it flat and fluffed it with a fork - no piping bag required - and it looks great.
These look so cute on a serving platter with cupcakes decorated with candy presents. (All you need for the presents is some hard, colored candies such as Starbursts, etc... and a bit of icing piped on.)
Here is a pic of Wendy interviewing Sue and I at our mom's kitchen table. We had Kenzie take a picture for us. I told Wendy - "of course, we'll need a photo for the blog".
Yes, Sue and I are wearing matching shirts.
We're just cool like that.
Anyway, we just wanted to say thank you to Wendy and the Bridge River Lillooet News for showcasing our blog in the paper.
Sue and I look forward to sharing more recipes and fun ideas with our followers.
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