Tuesday, December 20, 2011

christmas wreath cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with peppermint cream cheese frosting

I saw these wreath cupcakes in my Martha Stewart "Cupcakes" book last year, but never had a chance to make them last Christmas.  So this year I had to make them!  I started by baking chocolate cupcakes, and then whipped up a batch of peppermint cream cheese frosting to top it with (basically a standard cream cheese frosting with about 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons of peppermint extract added to it).

Before adding any coloring, I first used the white frosting to cover the tops of the cupcakes.  Then I added green coloring to the rest of the frosting, and began piping a ring of leaves on the perimeter of the cupcakes using leaf tip.  Then inside the first row of leaves, I piped a second row, and a third row, to finish forming the Christmas wreath.

Martha's book suggested using red sugar pearls as the berries on the wreath, but since I didn't have any of those, I used these cute holly and berry sprinkles that I found at Target.

I loved the end result.  And it had just the right amount of minty-ness and chocolate!  Next year I plan on using the same leaf technique to make Christmas tree cupcakes!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


  1. your christmas cupcakes look so pretty and yummy ^^

  2. it looks gorgeous! i love them :)
    kisses and happy holidays!

  3. What a lovely cupcakes, perfect for the holidays...!!!

  4. I adore these,actually I adore all your stuff! So cute and creative! :)

    Katie @ Epicurean Mom

  5. They're so pretty, I wouldn't want to eat them D:

    ~ Kieli ~

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  7. these christmas cupcakes are very cute, and i am so hungry right now, i wish that i could have some of that. :(