I am linking up with Andrea today to share some of my Christmas favorites. It's somewhat of a broad topic so I decided to share just one thing I love to do at Christmas time...and all year round too! BE IN THE KITCHEN!!!! My mom is an excellent cook and baker! Being in the kitchen is fun for me and I love it even more now that Sloane loves it too! I have so many memories of my mom cooking dinner and I hope that Wyatt and Sloane will as well.
Holiday baking is REALLY high up on my favorite's list. Last weekend Sloane and I attempted a fun Christmas dessert...
We watched a fun baking show where they created a cupcake Christmas tree. Sis loves to bake...she never wants me to bake alone. ;) I think she is the only 4 year old I know that has my sugar cookie recipe memorized and can crack an egg better than me. We knew we wanted to make the tree for one of the family Christmas party's we would attend.
Saturday while the boys went to a movie we got our "bake on." *insert a mama who is super happy to be making memories in the kitchen with my girl* We started with 2 boxes of cake mix. I wasn't sure how many cupcakes we would need. We used 50 and could have probably used about 5 more...just FYI.
I knew I needed to use buttercream icing so it was a little harder than normal icing but not as hard as royal icing. I bought 3 containers and if I would have had anymore cupcakes I wouldn't have had enough. So, note to self....when making this you will need 3 boxes of cake mix and 4 icings. We used food coloring for to turn the icing green. We used the stronger sticks for the cupcakes and then toothpicks for the ornaments (chocolate bells).
If I was to do this again I would be sure to swirl the icing really close to the edges. It would make for a prettier tree. The less cupcake showing the better. ;) I used a large Wilton star tip in and an icing bag to ice the cupcakes.
I used glitter card stock, a stick, and some hot glue to make the star. Sis was such a great helper. She even iced some of the cupcakes!!
I went back and added a little icing to some the cupcakes once they were in place on the tree form. The tree form was styrofoam. ( Hobby Lobby folks ;) The chocolate actually helped the cupcakes stay on a little better. Originally I didn't want to use the green wrapped chocolate but I purchased 2 bags and that wasn't enough. Next time...I would get 3 bags. We might have eaten a few ;) but...I think 3 bags would have been perfect amount.