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How to Make Christmas Wreath Cupcakes
Learn how to make these gorgeous Christmas wreath cupcakes! You can create your own fabulous cupcakes with this printable recipe and step by step instructions.
Add a festive touch to your cupcakes with these eyecatching green wreaths with red bow. These are great Christmas cupcakes to make because they look really professional and effective but are super easy to make! I made this batch of wreath cupcakes for a Christmas craft fair and they were very popular - the first of all the Christmas designs to sell out - and I will be making more for Christmas.
Read on to learn how to make a delicious wreath cupcake yourself.
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This step by step tutorial teaches you how to decorate a cupcake to look like a Christmas wreath. The icing and buttercream combo works nicely with plain sponge cupcakes (find my favourite plain cupcake recipe further below) but you can also use your own varieties.
Note: The recipes make enough for 24 cupcakes. If you only want 12, just halve the quantities.
Total Time: 40-60 mins depending on drying time for glace icing
Serves: Makes enough to ice 24-30 standard cupcakes
- 350 g icing sugar (for the glace icing)
- 3 -6 tablespoons boiling water (for the glace icing)
- 350 g icing sugar (for the buttercream)
- 175 g softened unsalted butter
- preferably organic (for the buttercream)
- 3 -4 tablespoons boiling water (for the buttercream)
- A few drops of vanilla essence (for the buttercream)
- Green gel icing colour or liquid food colouring (gel colour works best)
- Red writing icing
- You will also need an electric handmixer (optional) and piping bag with star-shaped nozzle (essential)
- 1. Make your cupcakes (see recipes below) and allow them to cool fully on a wire rack.
- 2. First make your glace icing by mixing the boiling water with 350g of icing sugar. Add 3 tablespoons and then add more according to the thickness desired - you are looking for a reasonably firm mixture that is not too runny and gloopy but not too stiff, either. Smooth the icing onto each cupcake using the back of a spoon. Leave to dry and firm.
- 3. Next make your buttercream. Beat the softened butter in a bowl to soften it further, or if you are taking it straight from the fridge (like me) then warm the butter for a few minutes in a preheated oven (I cube the butter to help it soften quicker and leave it until soft but still in melty cubes, rather than completely melted)
- 4. Add the icing sugar, a few drops of vanilla essence, a small amount of green gel icing colour and the boiling water, and mix until you have a soft but fairly firm buttercream mix. You can use either gel or liquid colouring, but I prefer to use a gel icing colour ever since discovering this Wilton 8 Icing Colour Set, as it colours so much better than liquid colouring, and with just a tiny amount!
- 5. Using a star shaped nozzle, add the buttercream to your piping bag and pipe one "blob" at a time round the edge of your cupcake, until you have a perfect circle. Repeat with each cupcake.
- 6. Using your red writing icing tube (I use Dr.Oetker Writing Icing Pack Of 5 Tubes and find they work very nicely for me), carefully squeeze out the shape of a red bow at the top of each wreath.
- 7. Voila! Gorgeous and delicious festive cupcakes!
Gorgeous Wreath Cupcakes Make a Festive Treat!
Wreath Cupcake Essentials
The writing icing and gel colours mentioned above are from the UK (where I am) but you can also find the same or similar items in the US no problem. Here's my pick of the best essentials for making these wreath cupcakes:
The Best Cupcake Recipe for your Christmas Wreath Cupcakes
- 250 g self raising flour
- 250 g caster sugar (super fine sugar)
- 250 g unsalted butter
- 4 medium eggs
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees (gas mark 5) and line 2 x 12 hole muffin trays with paper cases.
- 2. First beat together the sugar and butter until well combined and fluffy. As with the buttercream, you can either use softened butter left at room temperature overnight, or soften chilled butter in the preheating oven until gooey but not completely melted.
- 3. Add the flour, milk and eggs and beat again until you have a lovely smooth mixture.
- 4. Spoon evenly across the 24 cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (or until the tops have turned golden brown and are springy to the touch). Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
The Christmas Wreath Cupcakes were a bestseller on our Christmas Crafts Stall!
Are Christmas Wreath Cupcakes for You?
Will you try making these wreath cupcakes?
More Ideas for Christmas Cupcakes - and the inspiration behind my Christmas Wreath Cupcakes!
Christmas is the perfect time for baking cupcakes and experimenting with toppings and frosting designs! This book has lots of wonderful ideas and helped inspire the cupcakes I created above.
I love this book, as the photos are gorgeous and really make you want to create the cupcakes inside, and the recipes are marvellous, too! You'll find Christmas wreath cupcakes, Santa cupcakes, Snowman cupcakes, posh festive cupcakes, Christmas tree cupcakes and many more wonderful ideas.
The great thing is that you can follow the recipes or simply be inspired by the pictures - I didn't follow the recipe for the Christmas wreath cupcakes, for example, I just looked at the picture and piped my own version. But I have used the recipes too and been very happy with the results!