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Christmas cupcakes – Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas

Preparation time: | Cooking time: 1 | Servings: 12 (mini cupcakes)

My daughter loves cupcakes and at this time of the year I have decided to make her a little surprise:)

She has just decorated a Christmas tree at school, so she was telling me how beautiful it was with all the Christmas balls (or boules or baubles, whatever you call them!). So one day, for her after-school snack I made these Christmas cupcakes. At first I wanted to make a decoration from fruits, but it was rather hard for the mini-cupcakes. Perhaps that could work better for the normal size ones. Anyway, a little bit of sweet treats during Holiday time will make no harm:)

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We have invited my daughter's friend to join us for an afternoon play time, so I have put all the cupcake balls into a Christmas tree mold. Girls were amazed! I regret I had no time to take a picture of their "wow" faces:) I must also say, I had hard time to stop them eating! Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas - in Christmas tree shape1 

Ingredients

For muffins:
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 60g of chocolate
  • chocolate chips (optional)
  • colored sugar
  • Xmas sprinkles
  • desiccated coconut
  • fruit candies

For the cream:

  • 3/4 cup of whipping cream (36-40% milk-fat)
  • 1/2 cup of Mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

 

Did you know that the first decorated Christmas trees were adorned with apples, strings of popcorn, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers?

Preparation

Step1 Preheat your oven to 400F/200°C. Melt butter and the chocolate in a small saucepan or heat-proof bowl in the microwave. Add eggs yolks, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract, then stir everything together.Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step1

Step2 In a bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the mixture from step1 and stir with a spoon. Place the egg whites in a bowl and whisk until the egg whites are shiny and form stiff peaks. Add them to the cake preparation and stir gently until all ingredients are well combined. You can add some chocolate chips if you want.Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step2

Step3 Spray the muffin cups (I used mini muffin cups) with oil or line with paper liners. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cups. Bake muffins for 10-15 minutes (I always use a bamboo skewer to check if they are 'dry' inside).Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step3

Step4 While muffins cook, prepare the cream. It is very easy to make and so yummy when homemade! Just remember to use a very well chilled cream that has 36 to 40 percent milk-fat content (heavy cream) or 30 to 36 percent (light whipping cream). Add whipping cream and sugar to a bowl and whip it using a mixer on medium speed. It is ready when soft peaks form - don't over-whipe the cream as it turns to butter! You can taste it and adjust the amount of sugar. Personally, I don't like it too sweet. When it is ready, add Mascarpone and stir everything well.Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step4

Step5 Let the muffins cool down a bit. When ready, top each one with the cream from Step4 and form round forms. Then, place them in a fridge for 5-10 min, so the cream cools down and it is easier to make the decoration after. For the decoration I have used colored sugar, desiccated coconut and some Xmas sprinkles. I have used fruit candies to make the balls hangers. Enjoy! Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5a Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5b Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5c Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5d Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5e Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5f Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas step5g

Christmas cupcakes - Christmas balls mini-cupcakes decoration ideas

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  • Nicole

    Your food is always such a work of art! I wouldn't want to eat these. OK, I would. :)

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you! I just love the expression on my daughter's face when she has a plate with cute food in front of her, so I keep making it:)

  • Shelby

    Absolutely love what you have done here :) So cute.

  • TaMara_ImplausiblyBeautiful

    Thanks for sharing! I pinned and will be sharing with my FB followers tomorrow!

  • Alana

    These look so cute and yummy!

  • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

    OMG these are too cute! Love them! This is such a great idea for Christmas treats! Pinning! :)

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you Debbie! I must say I was quite happy with the end result, which was not really as planned:)

  • anastasia anezinis

    Amazing cupcakes!!thanks for sharing!
    hugs

  • Kenneth Goh

    This is absolutely gorgeous. PIn and share on my facebook groups.

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you so much Kenneth!

  • Andi G.

    Oh wow, these are beautiful, Gosia! I can't believe they are edible! I love your holiday header too.

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Kiddie Foodies

      Thanks Andi!! I am so glad you have noticed the header, was not sure if people do!!! :)

  • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Kiddie Foodies

    Thanks Linda!

  • Maria

    Oh these are SO ADORABLE!!!!! How cute!!!! What a fun idea!

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thanks!

  • http://teacupsandcake.blogspot.ca/ Jaclyn

    These are so cute! Such a fun simple way to create holiday treats!

    Jaclyn

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Yes, you can make these Xmas balls with any cupcakes, easy and fun!

  • Shamene Medeiros

    Awww these are so cute! Love them!

  • Shawna

    Your cupcakes are darling; the decorating is awesome! Stopping by from the Pin It Party.
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you so much!

  • http://www.krystalskitsch.com/ Krystal

    I'm very impressed! These look awesome. Thanks for adding these to Time For Mom! Hope you link up next week!

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thanks Krystal, I am happy you liked them:)

  • Pauline Molinari

    So cute! Love these! Thansk for sharing on the Monday Funday link party.

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you!

  • melinda@lookwhatmomfound

    i've been craving a cupcake! this doesn't help my cause. would love if you came over and shared on our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week

  • Jackie Currie

    They're gorgeous! What's ironic, is I just picked up cupcake liners and styrofoam balls to make ornaments that LOOK like cupcakes! Thanks so much for sharing on my wall today, Gosia!

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thanks Jackie! Try to make them then, they are so easy!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    I LOVE the decor on these!! So cute & festive!

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      Thank you Cathy! Glad you liked it!

  • Sharon Glanville

    You've been FEATURED this week on BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT No. 34 - come on over and check it out.

    Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for linking up with us.
    Sharon and Denise ♥

  • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

    Thank you & Merry Xmas to you too!

  • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

    Welcome Christina!

  • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

    Thank you so much, have a great holidays too!

  • Kristine Foley

    SO cute and sounds delish! Thanks for sharing on Sunday FUNday!

  • Elizabeth

    when you say 60g of chocolate, what kind do you mean?

    • http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/ Gosia @ Kiddie Foodies

      I have used dark chocolate.

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