Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

When I heard there was a baking contest at my company's holiday party I knew I needed to be a part of it.  I also knew I needed to win (or at least put in a serious effort to win).  After hours and days of scouring the internet for adorable cupcake ideas I settled on the Christmas tree.

For the cupcake itself I made mint chocolate chip brownie cupcakes a la Martha Stewart. I put in an entire bag of mint chocolate chips (these were my own addition).

I also used her butter cream frosting recipe for these cupcakes.

I was hesitant to even share these recipes with you because there is a terrifying amount of butter involved. Do yourself a favor and don't look at the recipes ok? It's better no one knows how terrible these are for you to consume.

I found sugar sheets at Michael's and used it to make the stars.  I made a stencil and then used an exacto knife to cut them out.  Then I dusted the stars with pearl dust (I splurged).

I decorated the trees with some Christmas sprinkles that I like to think look like lights.

How freaking cute are they!? 

And yeaaaaaaaaa I won the baking contest!!!!!!!!!