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October 14, 2013

Fall Tree Cupcakes

I have been wanting to make these cupcakes for probably a year now.  First of all I needed to hunt down some appropriate autumn leaf sprinkles... I found these quins at Bulk Barn.  Next, I needed a suitable cupcake flavour, and I decided to go with a Vanilla Chai cupcake.

I just simply added a chai spice to my favourite vanilla cupcake recipe because I was pressed for time, with all of the Thanksgiving activities going on.  You could even add the spices to a vanilla box cake if you really wanted to cut time!!

The chai spice includes:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Take half of this spice mixture (2 teaspoons) and add it in to your cupcake batter.  And save the other half for your frosting.  Bake the cupcakes and allow them to cool completely.

Next, you need to make the chocolate trees to stand up on the cupcakes.  You can do with my melting chocolate, I do this in the microwave in a ziploc bag in 20 second intervals, cut the corner off the bag and use it just like a piping bag on wax paper.  I mostly free handed the trees, but you can draw one a piece of white paper and use it as a stencil.  While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle some leaves in the branches.

Place the trees in the freezer to cool completely.  Ice the cupcakes however you wish, I went with a simple cupcake swirl, using a Wilton 2D tip.

Sprinkle with your leaves and then place your hardened chocolate trees in top.

Prepare for your family to devour after dinner, even though they are stuffed!

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