It's the perfect time of year for baking. The heat of the oven warms your home, the smell of sweet baked goods fills the air and you can be as creative as your mind lets you. I wanted to make something that shouted Christmas cheer. This recipe is super simple to make and it's really quite fun. This would be a great dessert to make with the kids! They will love decorating the tree and then eating it!!
*Recipe to follow*
My inspiration came from my trip to New York to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. We went on a beautiful night, there was a slight chill in the air, but that was it. The sky was clear and the crowds were surprisingly not that bad.
The Plaza at Christmas time is also a true NYC landmark that you must see. You'll pass it as you make your way to Central Park.
A friend of ours suggested an evening of ice skating in Central Park. It was magical! No lines, a reasonable entrance fee and a breathtaking view. I promise you that you will not be disappointed if you make some time to get there and do it. Add it to the bucket list!
Now for the real reason your reading this post; how to make these deliciously fun Cupcake Filled Christmas Tree Cones.
Begin by spraying the cones with green edible spray dye. This can usually be purchased at your local craft store. Make sure that you fully cover the area in which you are spraying with wax paper. The spray will dye woods. Let cones dry.
Next make your favorite cupcake batter. I made a vanilla cupcake, but you can be as creative as you want. Drop a nut down into the cone to stop batter from dripping out of the tip. Then fill your cones about 3/4 of the way with the batter. Now you'll have to make this little contraption in order to ensure your cones stay upright while they bake. Otherwise they will tip over and cause a slight mess in your oven. I learned this the hard way. You'll need to buy some disposable cupcake pans. Snip holes in the bottom of each cupcake slot. Make it large enough so that the cones sit about half way down into the pan making sure they are secure and won't flop over.
You'll bake the cupcakes the normal amount of time as your recipe says. You can check to see if they are done by inserting a toothpick into the middle and making sure the stick comes out clean. Let cool. Once cool trim down the part of the cupcake that bubbled past the top of the cone so that cone will sit flat on the plate.
Now its time to decorate!! You can make your own frosting or you can use store bought. Put it in a piping bag and pipe some garland on your tree. A candy star for the top, red hots and sugar pearls for ornaments. You can use any type of candy for decoration, you can be as creative as you want! After you admire your work, you can eat them which is the best part!! I hope you enjoy making this fun dessert and share it with someone special.
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