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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with Truvia Baking Blend #HealtherHolidays

I do a LOT of baking for the holidays. It’s a bit excessive, really. I order a lot of my baking supplies by the case online, this time of the year. Just seeing the boxes of powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and sprinkles is enough to put you into sugar overload. This year I’ll be adding something new to my baking arsenal, to lighten things up a little bit – Truvia® Baking Blend with sugar. In fact, these adorable little Christmas Tree Cupcakes that I made yesterday were prepared using Truvia’s White Cupcake and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipes. It’s amazing to me that these cupcakes taste so incredibly sweet and sinful, using less sugar.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with Truvia Baking Blend #HealtherHolidays

You’ll be surprised by how simple these Christmas Tree Cupcakes are to make. The idea for these Truvia® cupcakes came from Martha Stewart, so you know they have to be good. The tree itself is a waffle cone covered in peaks of frosting, dusted with white sparkling sugar crystals. I used a Wilton #21 star tip. The inspiration piece had a star cut-out cookie topper. As you can see, mine does not. I couldn’t get the cookie to stay put without toppling the tree. In retrospect had I baked the star cookies with a toothpick inserted, they would have easily secured to the tree tops. Please learn from my mistake on this one.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with Truvia Baking Blend #HealthierHolidays

ingredients:

12 waffle cones (2 to 2.5″ wide and 4 to 5″ long)
12 Truvia® White Cupcakes {Truvia® Recipe}
Truvia® Vanilla Buttercream Frosting {Truvia® Recipe}
Green gel paste food coloring
Shredded sweetened coconut
Cupcake topper (optional – see tip above)

directions:

1. Use a serrated knife to trim point of each cupcake to create a small opening; set aside. If necessary, use the serrated knife to trim top of each cupcake to create a flat surface. Place a dab of frosting on top of each cupcake, and spread to cover. Dip the top of each cupcake into coconut to cover completely.

2. Mix together remaining frosting with green gel paste until desired green shade is reached. Transfer green frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a small star tip (I used Wilton #21 star tip). Working with one cone at a time, pipe a bead of frosting around open end of cone and position open-end down onto a cupcake to resemble a “tree.” Repeat process with remaining cupcakes and cones. Add snow with white sparkling sugar crystals (optional).

3. Pipe remaining frosting decoratively all over trees until cones are completely covered. Trees can be refrigerated, uncovered, for up to 6 hours before serving. Before serving, insert a cupcake topper into the opening of each cupcake, if desired.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with Truvia Baking Blend #HealthierHolidays

Want more lightened holiday baking ideas? Check out my Healthy Holiday Baking Pinterest Board, for more great recipes using Truvia® Baking Blend with sugar!

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Truvia

Truvia® natural sweetener is a great tasting, zero-calorie sweetener made with the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. One packet provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar, and is great in coffee, tea, or even your morning grapefruit. The sweetener is available in 40-, 80- and 140-count boxes, and in a spoonable jar. Truvia® Baking Blend blends Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar to provide a sugar-like taste and texture for recipes, with 75% fewer calories than sugar. For more info, check out Truvia.com/recipes or our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

disclosure: Compensation was provided by Cargill® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cargill®.

 

Christmas Tree Cupcakes made with Truvia Baking Blend #HealtherHolidays

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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Ingredients
  

  • 12 waffle cones 2 to 2.5" wide and 4 to 5" long 12 Truvia® White Cupcakes {Truvia® Recipe} Truvia® Vanilla Buttercream Frosting {Truvia® Recipe} Green gel paste food coloring Shredded sweetened coconut Cupcake topper (optional - see tip above)

Instructions
 

  • 1. Use a serrated knife to trim point of each cupcake to create a small opening; set aside. If necessary, use the serrated knife to trim top of each cupcake to create a flat surface. Place a dab of frosting on top of each cupcake, and spread to cover. Dip the top of each cupcake into coconut to cover completely.
  • 2. Mix together remaining frosting with green gel paste until desired green shade is reached. Transfer green frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a small star tip (I used Wilton #21 star tip). Working with one cone at a time, pipe a bead of frosting around open end of cone and position open-end down onto a cupcake to resemble a “tree.” Repeat process with remaining cupcakes and cones. Add snow with white sparkling sugar crystals (optional).
  • 3. Pipe remaining frosting decoratively all over trees until cones are completely covered. Trees can be refrigerated, uncovered, for up to 6 hours before serving. Before serving, insert a cupcake topper into the opening of each cupcake, if desired.
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  • These are very cute and very festive. Just looking at the picture, before I read the recipe and instructions I was wondering how you had gotten the frosting to keep from falling over, now I know you use an ice cream cone, very creative. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • These look great! I bet my son would just LOVE how much extra frosting is on one cupcake because of the tall tree. The height might make it hard to take these to a party. What would you store them in?

    • Your best bet for storing these for a party would be a lined cardboard that can accommodate the height. Our usual cupcake holder didn’t work at all for these.

  • I have seen these before but didn’t know how the trees stayed up. What a great idea. They look so beautiful!!!!

  • I’m not sure that I would be able to make these nearly as good as the picture but I think I’m going to give it a try!

  • I am so envious! I can’t bake for nothing, well okay…I can bake but I can’t decorate. Everything I make looks nothing like this. Loving the Christmas trees! I know if I tried my hand at it it wouldn’t look anything like yours. Just stunning.

  • These cupcakes are almost to pretty to eat. I am going to make this for my family and see if they can taste the difference when I don’t use sugar. They say they can tell when I use a substitute but they have been using a salt subst, for a long time and just don’t know it lol .

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